It is still unclear when or if Mississippi State true freshman wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson will walk-on to the men’s basketball team.
Men’s basketball coach Rick Ray has maintained that the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder would be welcomed onto the team once football season had concluded. Wilson was not on the bench during the Bulldogs 77-63 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore Thursday night.
“There hasn’t been any discussion (since football season ended),” Ray said. “I think, if anything, he needs a break and try to get his body ready and healed. I haven’t talked to (Wilson) or Coach (Dan) Mullen about it. I’m sure that time will come but it’s not something that I’m pressing about because I want to be fair to ‘Bear’ on that.”
Wilson was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Alabama last year helping lead Wenonah to its third consecutive state title on the hardwood with a 34-2 record. He averaged 18.4 points and 15.8 rebounds as a senior.
Mullen stated in mid-November that he would work with Ray to transition Wilson into basketball once his gridiron responsibilities were completed.
“When football season ends, hopefully in January sometime, and we’re done we’ll make the transition with him getting him ready to go into basketball,” Mullen said. “Rick and I have a real good relationship so it’ll be however we can make the best transition work and making sure we’re taking care of De’Runnya.”
Wilson concluded his freshman year of football as MSU’s fifth leading receiver making 26 catches for 351 yards and three touchdowns.