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MSU's Sword working to move back to point

July 4, 2014

Mississippi State's Craig Sword (32) drives the baseline against Georgia last season. (Photo by Lee Adams, SDN)

Craig Sword has proved he can play in the Southeastern Conference with his ability to get to the rim.
But this summer, the Mississippi State junior guard has been working on another facet of his game – his shot.
Sword's game has been built around slashing and attacking the rim, but if he adds a good jump shot, he could go to the next level.
"I sit under the basket and probably shoot 20 to 30 times before my arms start hurting," Sword said. "(I) just keep shooting and shooting all day."
Sword shot 48.5 percent from the field, but just 27.3 percent from behind the 3-point line last season. In his freshman season, Sword shot just 40.5 percent from the field and 19.4 percent from 3-point land. 
The Montgomery, Ala., native has made 193 free throws in his two seasons with the Bulldogs. 
"With (Sword), we've wanted him to become a better shooter," MSU head coach Rick Ray said. "His driving ability is going to expand even more if he becomes a better shooter. If he wants to play professionally, he has got to be able to play some point guard. He can't just be a straight two-guard his whole career here."

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