Steele has been considered the leader of the Bulldogs, who are 7-14 overall, 2-7 in SEC play and losers of seven consecutive games. He’s averaging 9.5 points per game and has struggled to be offensively consistent since returning from a wrist injury that cost him eight games earlier this season. He’s shooting 34.5 percent overall, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 90.9 percent from the free throw line. Steele has played in 13 games with 11 starts.
Steele was held to single digits in four consecutive games before scoring 15 in a 93-75 loss to Ole Miss on Wednesday. His absence means MSU is down to six available scholarship players, plus two walk-ons.
Ray is not commenting further on the matter.
Click here for Brad Locke's Inside Mississippi State Sports blog.