By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Before he got squeezed out of the rotation, Twany Beckham decided to leave the situation.
Mississippi State’s backup point guard said Wednesday that he was leaving the team immediately and will transfer to another school.
The reason: “Just playing time. I was just finding myself having a hard time getting comfortable in the system, and I think that I just needed a change.”
The 6-foot-5, 195-pounder, who’s a third-year sophomore, drew five starts this season, averaging 2.9 points and 2.1 assists per game. But with junior Dee Bost returning from his NCAA suspension on Saturday and high school point guard Deville Smith coming in next season, there wasn’t going to be much room for Beckham.
“I love the competition, it’s competitive, but it’s just going to make it that much harder to get on the court,” he said. “I just had to do what was best for me.”
Bost, the point guard the past two seasons, will play some shooting guard as well, but junior college transfer Brian Bryant will also handle point duties – he’s started the last nine games there.
Bost thinks Beckham will be missed.
“We would’ve been three-deep at point guard, and everybody would’ve got a chance to play if he would’ve stayed,” Bost said.
Beckham said the off-court issues surrounding Elgin Bailey and Renardo Sidney, who got in a fight on Dec. 23, had no effect on his decision to leave. He also said he has no regrets and wished the Bulldogs the best.
He hasn’t decided yet where he’ll transfer to, but he wants it to be within a four-to-five-hour radius of his hometown of Louisville, Kent.
Coach Rick Stansbury said he understood Beckham’s decision.
“He’s been a good kid for us, but it’s very easy to look out there and see the minutes, where your minutes come from,” Stansbury said. “And he’s looking to next year already, too. I can’t fault his decision.”