Travis Outlaw, a high school grad from Starkville, MS, signed a letter of intent with Mississippi State back in the fall. All us State fans were more than excited about that. But he’s been flirting with the NBA for quite a while as well. The first words I heard about it from him were something like “If I’m not a top 10 pick, then I’m going to college.” Now it seems his tune has changed. It’s more like “If I’m a first rounder, then I’m going to the NBA.” He has until tomorrow, the 19th, to pull out.
I wish him the best, but I don’t think he’s ready for the NBA. Heck, I don’t think he’d start next year for MSU. But it’s hard to tell a kid to not think about the $$$’s that could be waiting. And you can’t really blame him. I wish he’d come to MSU for partly selfish reasons, I admit. But I think he’d dramatically improve his draft position if he were to come to MSU. To be honest, I think he’s a little shaky on his grades situation.
In other MSU basketball news, MSU coaches confirmed that they signed a Polish guy to come in to play bball and follow in the footsteps of Michel Ignerski. But the coaches say they don’t think he’ll get the paperwork done in time to be elligible.
So, after signing two McDonald’s All Americans from Mississippi, a top prep school PG, a combo guard from Wayne County, and a Polish rifle…it looks like the two guards are the only ones who’ll be suiting up for us next fall. Add to that the fact that Mario Austin left for the NBA one year too early and I’m not so confident in MSU basketball next year.
Oh, and our football team’s still being investigated.