Howland signs top 10 class

From Day 1, new Mississippi State basketball coach Ben Howland said the lifeline to any program is recruiting.

On Friday, he backed that statement up with a Top 10 recruiting class featuring two players in ESPN’s Top 100 —Schnider Herard (67) and Mario Kegler (32) — and three more highly-touted four stars in Starkville standout Tyson Carter along with Lamar Peters and Eli Wright.

“I am really excited about our recruiting class, and I hope we are not finished,” Howland said. “The five players we signed thus far are all of the highest quality, both in regards to their character and their skill level in addition to their drive to be great. My staff , George Brooks, David Deets, Korey McCray and Ernie Zeigler have done an outstanding job spearheading our recruiting efforts. I also thought our current players did a great job of selling our program. Mississippi State is a special place that is very attractive to kids serious about reaching their potential and being a part of something special.”

Tyson CarterTyson Carter
6-4 | 170 | G | Starkville High School | Starkville, Miss.

– 2015-16 Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen selection.

– Starkville Daily News All-Area Player of the Year.

– Commercial Dispatch Large Schools co-Player of the Year.

– Helped lead the Jackets to the 2015 Class 6A championship (43-40 in overtime vs. Madison Central), first time the school has won championship since 2010.

– Averaged 17 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists as a junior.

– Played for MBA Hoops this past summer, where he consistently totaled 25-30 points against some of the nation’s best teams.

– Ranked as the 15th shooting guard in his class, and 91st overall. Tabbed as the No. 2 player from Mississippi.

– Made Mississippi’s All Star game.

– Son of Greg Carter, an All-SEC standout at MSU from 1988-91 who was also his high school coach.

“We are elated to have Tyson stay home and be a part of this program. He is really an impressive player and has so many outstanding qualities. No. 1, he is a great shooter, maybe the best shooter I saw all summer in the country. He has very good point guard skills. He can see the floor and pass the ball and has a great feel of the game. As a coach’s son, he has all the intangibles of the game. He’s been a part of it since he could walk. He’s going to have a great future here at Mississippi State.” —Ben Howland.

schnider herardSchnider Herard
6-10 | 260 | C | Prestonwood Christian | Plano, Texas

– 4-star recruit that’s ranked No. 67 by ESPN, 34th by Rivals and 39th by Scout.

– Native of Haiti, he arrived in the United States in August 2012.

– Averaged 9 points and 6 rebounds as a junior while shooting 52 percent from the field in 22 games.

– Played for the Texas Pro Skills AAU team.

– Ranked 5th in the state of Texas.

– Prestonwood played in the 2015 Maxpreps Holiday Classic.

– Won its fourth private school title in the last six years in the 2014-2015 season.

– All-State Defensive Player of the Year in 2015.

– TAPPS 5A All-State team.

– Had 23 points and 6 rebounds in 2015 state championship game.

– Played in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League.

– Offered by Kansas, Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, California, Connecticut, Indiana, Kansas State, Purdue, SMU, Texas Tech, Miami, Nebraska, TCU, Texas, and Texas A&M.

“Schnider is a very exciting recruit. He’s a true center who possesses incredible strength, combined with an excellent skill level. He has very, very good hands. He catches everything, and he runs the floor well. He is a good rim protector and excellent rebounder. He will provide a great, low-post scoring threat for our offense. On top of that, he is a great kid who is not only an outstanding person, but a great role model. We are very fortunate to have Schnider to join our program.” — Ben Howland.

Mario Kegler - adidas Gauntlet Day 2Mario Kegler
6-7 | 225 | F | Oak Hill Academy | Jackson, Miss.

– 5-star standout by 247 Sports and is tabbed as Mississippi’s No. 1 player.

– Listed by ESPN as the 32nd best player in the country and 27th by 247 Sports.

– Last year as a junior at Arlington Country Day School in Jackson, Fla., averaged 15.4 points, 7.2 rebounds and 1.1 blocks.

– As a sophomore at Callaway in 2014, played with current MSU standout Malik Newman and helped lead the Chargers to their third-straight Class 5A title.

-Was a member of the 2014-15 Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen.

– Was tabbed All-Metro and All-State.

– In his lone year at Callaway, tabbed a career-best 27 points against Humphrey County.

– In a key playoff game against Laurel, totaled 19 points in a back-and-forth showdown.

– Chose MSU over Indiana and Maryland.

 “We are so pleased and excited to have Mario coming home. He is multi-talented and has excellent skills, combined with great strength and size. He can play multiple positions and guard multiple positions. He’s an outstanding scorer and shooter. He’s a very good rebounder. What excites me most is that he is a very tough competitor who likes contact. He plays through contact, attacking the rim as well as anyone I’ve seen in quite a while coming out of high school. He’s going to be an outstanding player for the Bulldogs, and we are very fortunate to have him come home.” — Ben Howland.

lamar petersLamar Peters
6-1 | 165 | G | Landry-Walker High School | New Orleans, La.

– 4-star prospect who is ranked No. 78 nationally by Rivals.

– Played on the New Orleans Elite AAU team.

– Averaged 19.7 points per game as a junior.

– Won the 4A state championship both his sophomore and junior years.

– First-team selection on The New Orleans Advocate’s All-Metro Team.

– Received Most Outstanding Player at Exposure Hoops Fest 2015.

– Attended Pangos All-American Camp, and after three games was named to the Top 30 Cream of the Crop Game.

–  Nationally ranked 88th by Futures Magazine.

–  Averaged 14 points, 7 rebounds, 5 assists and 2 steals in 2013.

–  2015 4A Player of the Year.

– Offers from DePaul, Gonzaga, Illinois, LSU, Richmond, South Carolina, Tulsa, Wake Forest, Wichita State, Memphis, Texas, Miami and Baylor.

“He is a really exciting player. He’s a very quick, very explosive athlete who is an excellent decision maker with the ball. Can score and distribute with the best of them. He’s a great on-ball defender because of his tenacity and his fire. He’s a very good competitor. He’s going to be an excellent player for us.” — Ben Howland.

eli wrightEli Wright
6-4 | 185 | G | IMG Academy | Owensboro, Ky.

– Attended Apollo High School his junior year and IMG Academy his senior year in Bradenton, Fla.

– Second-team member of The Courier-Journal’s All-State team his junior.

– As a junior, averaged 20.6 points and 7.5 rebounds and shot 38.2 percent from 3-point range.

– Received the Apollo Basketball Player of the Game four times.

– Named the 2015 Apollo Basketball Player of the Year.

– Position rank is 20th.

– National rank is 50th.

– Played in the AAU Super Showcase.

-Also received offers from Alabama, Clemson, Connecticut, Indiana, Iowa State, Kansas State, Miami, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Tennessee, UAB, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, and Western Kentucky.

 “Eli Wright is a big-time athlete who combines explosiveness with skill level. He can shoot, drive to the basket and distribute the ball and make plays for others. He can play multiple positions. He’ll be a very good defender, as well as out outstanding offensive player. I am very, very excited about his future. I know he is going to bring a great level of enthusiasm for the game upon his arrival.” — Ben Howland.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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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