By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – It is still unclear when – or if – Mississippi State true freshman wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson will walk on to the men’s basketball team.
Men’s basketball coach Rick Ray has maintained that the 6-foot-5, 215-pounder would be welcomed onto the team once football season had concluded. Wilson was not on the bench during the Bulldogs’ 77-63 victory over Maryland Eastern Shore on Thursday night.
“There hasn’t been any discussion,” Ray said. “I think, if anything, he needs a break and try to get his body ready and healed. I haven’t talked to (Wilson) or Coach (Dan) Mullen about it. I’m sure that time will come but it’s not something that I’m pressing about.”
Wilson was named Mr. Basketball for the state of Alabama last year, helping lead Wenonah to its third consecutive state title on the hardwood with a 34-2 record. He averaged 18.4 points and 15.8 rebounds as a senior.
Mullen said in mid-November that he would work with Ray to transition Wilson into basketball once his gridiron responsibilities were completed.
“When football season ends, hopefully in January sometime, and we’re done we’ll make the transition with him getting him ready to go into basketball,” Mullen said. “Rick and I have a real good relationship so it’ll be however we can make the best transition work and making sure we’re taking care of De’Runnya.”
Wilson concluded his freshman year of football as MSU’s fifth leading receiver making 26 catches for 351 yards and three touchdowns.
Daniels still redshirting
The sudden transfer of redshirt freshman wing Dre Applewhite last Monday will have no affect on the status of midyear junior college transfer Travis Daniels.
Ray still intends to redshirt the 6-foot-8, 205-pound forward this season. Daniels initially signed with the Bulldogs in the fall of 2012 but failed to qualify academically until this upcoming semester.
“Nothing has changed on that,” Ray said. “I want to be fair to Travis.”
Daniels will have two years of eligibility remaining following the redshirt year. The former Shelton State (Ala.) standout has already started practicing with the team and will begin his career with the Bulldogs in the fall.
Applewhite’s transfer forced sophomore Fred Thomas back into the starting rotation leaving Ray scrambling to find some backups at that position.
“I really don’t know what I’m going to do with the rotations now,” Ray said. “I don’t know if it’s going to be a combination of Jacoby (Davis) or Tyson (Cunningham). I’m even going to give Tevin (Moore) a look because he’s been very good for us in practice. But it’s different competing in practice and competing in games, especially now that we’re starting SEC play. We’ve got a good feel of what Tyson can do and he’ll always be part of the rotation. Now I want to see what Jacoby and Tevin can do.”