Mississippi State signs G/F Andre Applewhite Thursday morning to add to the Bulldogs 2012 signing class.
April 27, 2012 9:24:38 AM
STARKVILLE -- In what many people sees will be a rebuilding project for Mississippi State University men's basketball coach Rick Ray, the one quality he values the most in his newest signee is considered uncoachable.
Andre Applewhite is a winner at every level he's been at.
"Winning and leading. I just find ways to win," Applewhite said."If it is the extra shot or the dive for the loose ball or extra rebound, I just do whatever it takes to win."
MSU signed the 6-foot-5 wing player Thursday morning when he joined Jacoby Davis in the Bulldogs 2012 signing class that includes previous early signees in forward Gavin Ware of Starkville and guards Fred Thomas of Jackson and Craig Sword of Montgomery, Ala.
Applewhite, a Memphis, Tenn. native, helped lead Central High School to the 3A State title game his senior season. The talented guard / wing stands 6-foot-5 tall and 202 pounds. He averages 21.3 points per game to go with 11.1 rebounds during his senior campaign.
"I just like the whole atmosphere of being there and how fans and students were there greeting me like family," said Applewhite. "Coach Ray and the staff were just real honest with me and it is real important to me to have another father figure while I'm away from home pushing me each and every day."
Applewhite's total record during his four-year high school career is 97-20 and included back-to-back All-State honors.
The Memphis product is fully aware of the transition the MSU program is currently in, but he sees this as an opportunity, not a deterrent.
"I look forward to putting my stamp on the program. I like challenges," he stated. "I think that I will be able to do that."
Applewhite chose MSU over Western Kentucky and Arkansas State. He's rated a three-star prospect by Rivals.com and 247sports.com. He visited MSU on Tuesday. also shoot the 3-ball. It's just a matter of him developing for the college level."
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