Mississippi State hired David Deets as its new basketball strength and conditioning coach last month to replace Richard Akins, who retired after 33 years with the Bulldogs.
Deets is already making an impact, especially with MSU’s big men.
“Fallou (Ndoye) has put on 20 pounds in a month,” Deets said. “A freshman, Aric Holman, has put on 13 pounds since he’s been here and you can go on down the list. Everybody’s probably put on over 10-pounds apiece but have still had their verticals go up and that’s a great sign.”
One player that the coaching staff did not want to see adding weight is rising senior forward Gavin Ware. Instead, the 6-foot-9 Starkville native has gone in the opposite direction by shedding down to 258, the smallest he has been since arriving at State.
“(Deets) caters to your needs,” Ware said. “He also puts a big emphasis on your body fat. Doing his bod pod really focuses in on your body composition and body fat as well as your overall body weight. It helps to maintain and keep my weight down.”
Ware has struggled with his weight throughout his college career but the new nutrition and diet plan that he is on has also helped keep off the excess pounds.
“Gavin looks like a different person,” Deets said. “Gavin is a lot leaner. I’m watching him eat three times a day and when he’s not with me, he’s texting me what he’s eating. He’s buying into what we’re doing.”