Video: Gavin Ware

Mississippi State senior forward Gavin Ware gives his thoughts about the Bulldogs entering their first exhibition action and also talks about MSU’s decisive win against UAB in a closed door scrimmage last Saturday.

On the UAB scrimmages in past years compared to this year…

“Well, just our overall intensity, I believe, was much better than the other three years and that kind of correlates to how the game turned out. You know the last three years we, to my belief, didn’t win. But this year, we kept scoring. We came out on top. That came from our defensive enthusiasm and how well we executed plays, and everything kept falling our way. Defensively, we had a lot of excitement, coaches yelling, the bench yelling, and the five players on the court were talking loud and communicating with each other.”

On how opponents will defend Malik Newman and I.J. Ready…

“I.J. (Ready) is very quick, and there are only a few that can stop a guy that short and fast with the ability to make plays. Malik (Newman) can just really shoot and can get the ball out fast, just like I.J. It is a handful to stop those two when they are in together and when they are taking turns.”

On if this team can do something special this season…

“Yes sir. I have full belief in this team. I do everything I have to do to provide for my teammates, and I know they do the same thing as well throughout the year.”

On being limited in the front court…

“We executed everything and there are still things we need to work on in practice and get better at. It is day-by-day that we are getting better. I’ve been talking to Fallou (Ndoye) and keeping him aware of what we are doing, and keeping him encouraged. I let him know he is the back-up guy and when he comes in, he will have to provide just like our teammates and myself.”

On the difference in Fallou Ndoye from last year…

“Very different. He is not spinning around now, he knows what is going on. That is a very good thing. I noticed that when we were playing UAB he knew what he was supposed to be doing. I know he will keep working at that and get better.”

 On any problems they have to iron out…

“Just the offensive sets. Coach Ben (Howland) put in a lot of them so we now have a playbook to go by. When he would call plays out in practice we would just be looking at each other then we would have to go over it. Defensively, we are there. We just have to see how it plays out during game time.”

On coach Ben Howland in a game setting versus practice setting…

“He is the same coach Howland. He was still instructing and stopping on plays, trying to get us right. I think it was the same coach Howland.”

On quirks of coach Howland…

“He stomps, yells, claps. Just the whole nine yards. You will see.”

On feeling the excitement surrounding men’s basketball…

“The way we played, the crowd would have been, ‘oh my gosh.’ If we would have had the crowd with it, it would have been amazing. Our defensive intensity was high and the crowd would have enjoyed that. But unfortunately it was a closed scrimmage, so I am just looking forward to this season.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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