MSU’s Jarvis Varnado has been named the SEC player of the week. The junior forward averaged 10.7 points, 13.7 rebounds and 8.0 blocks over his last three games. He shot 60 percent from the floor. In Saturday’s win against Fairleigh-Dickinson, Varnado set a school record for career blocks.
The SEC’s freshman of the week was LSU forward Storm Warren.
In keeping with the basketball theme, coach Rick Stansbury addressed the media via teleconference today. His Bulldogs are already up in Yankee land for tomorrow’s game against St. Bonaventure and then the conclusion of the Legends Classic on Friday and Saturday. Some of his thoughts:
• “Our kids are working hard, and this will be a good tournament to find out what we’re really made of.”
• “Everybody’s good at home. But you’ve got to find what you’re really made of, and you can’t really do that until you go on the road.”
• “I think we’ll face a little bit of everything this week. No. 1, being in someone else’s environment, that’ll be our first challenge. Then, facing more quality of a team. St. Bonaventure, we know, Washington State we know how good they’re going to be year in, year out.”
• On his five-and-five rotation: “It’ll be game-by-game situations, how those games are going, who’s playing well. I want to play my bench.”
• On Varnado becoming a leader: “Last year he wasn’t called on to be a leader in the lockerroom. … That’s something we need Jarvis to become something more of. … He’s got to be able to demand it more physically and verbally.”