Coach Rick Ray was looking for one certain thing in Wednesday night’s scrimmage.
The Mississippi State basketball team scrimmaged in front of a few fans at Humphrey Coliseum and they saw a little bit of what Ray was expecting to see.
“I just wanted our guys to get out there and compete,” Ray said. “I wasn’t really concerned about the fans and putting on a show. I just wanted our guys to go out and compete against each other.”
One of those guys that showed that competitive spirit was true freshman point guard IJ Ready.
Ready had 10 points, one rebound, two assists and two steals. He was perfect from the floor at 4-4 and 2-2 from the free-throw line.
He started out playing for the Maroon team, but was moved over to the White team after Maroon had built a big lead.
The move is something Ray said “changed things for both teams.” And it did as Ready helped White to finish strong.
“He’s a significant difference as far as our toughness and guys going out competing,” Ray said. “He’s got that much competitive desire and that much natural instinct as a point guard. He ends up making a huge difference.”
Sophomore guard Fred Thomas led all scorers with 13 points. Sophomore guard Craig Sword had 12 points.