Mississippi State’s shooting woes have been well-documented, but there might be a glimmer of hope in the form of Fred Thomas. The 6-foot-5 freshman with the fabulous flattop is starting to round into form, if his last two games are any indication. Check out my story on Thomas in today’s Journal.
As noted in the story, in the last two games Thomas has made 8 of 17 shots overall and 4 of 7 from 3-point range, scoring a combined 24 points. He recorded back-to-back double-digit games for the first time since notching four in a row between Nov. 20 and Dec. 1.
For the season, Thomas is averaging 10.3 points per game while shooting 33.3 percent overall and 26.3 percent from 3-point range. His struggles have not discouraged him in the least.
“I don’t know if anything much gets to Fred,” coach Rick Ray said. “He’s a confident shooter, and he thinks every shot he takes is going to go in. You like that. You like the fact that a kid, playing his first year in major college basketball, has no fear. And Fred definitely doesn’t have any fear.” Can Thomas’ hot shooting continue? Can the rest of the Bulldogs follow suit? The next test comes Wednesday at Arkansas (8 p.m., CSS).
• Speaking of the Razorbacks, coach Mike Anderson picked an odd time to name team captains, but that’s what he did Monday. Marshawn Powell and Kikko Haydar will wear the ‘C’ on their jerseys the rest of the season.