On the Links: Shumpert’s Commitment; MSU’s Shooting; SEC’s Strength

Hey, y’all. I have some stories to share with you this morning, so I hope you’ll take time to read them.

The first is about four-star recruit Ashton Shumpert verbally committing to MSU on Monday. The tailback from Itawamba AHS was very purposeful in how he went about the recruiting process, and he made his announcement the way you’d expect: quietly. He sent text messages to all the recruiting writers and reporters. No press conference or big hullabaloo. Not his style.

The addition of Shumpert raises MSU’s 2013 class to 13th nationally, according to 247Sports.com. Signing day is Feb. 6.

• On the basketball front, I had a notebook leading with MSU’s shooting woes and whether they might be cured. The Bulldogs are the worst-shooting team in the SEC, but they found a stroke last week against New Orleans.

Junior Colin Borchert was 8 of 10 that game, including 1 of 2 from 3-point range, and said he feels like his shooting game is starting to click.

“The shots are coming a little bit better, but I’m starting to go inside, then out, what coach always says,” Borchert said. “He’s been wanting me to do that since Day 1, and I’m finally getting it now. That’s the biggest transfer for me is starting inside, getting them easy buckets in so you can build confidence real fast.”

• Is the SEC down this year in basketball? Florida coach Billy Donovan took some time yesterday to defend the league’s honor.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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