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Post Facilities matter

Tuesday April 8, 2008

Mississippi State guard Ben Hansbrough will transfer from Rick Stansbury’s program citing “the school’s lack of a practice facility” as his main reason for leaving.

Hansbrough’s story shows that the investment matters not only in recruiting and retention, but the absence of one can even hold back a player looking to develop and improve. We’ve shown before that Georgia’s new facility matches up with some of the best in the nation. It’s not often that Georgia basketball has had an advantage over its peers in much of anything when it comes to facilities, but that’s not the case anymore.

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  • That seems like a bizarre reason for transferring. Wouldn’t he have known what MSU’s facilities were like *before* he committed?

  • While I see your point. The fact that his main reason concerns a practice facility of lack thereof makes me sick.

    I also find it very hard to believe. That’s a pretty lame excuse for leaving your team, imo.

    Did Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Dominique Wilkins, etc. need a fancy practice facility to develop and improve their talent?

  • I agree that it might sound like a convenient excuse for leaving. I’ve heard of facilities as a criteria for a prospect selecting a school but not for leaving one. On the other hand, Ben has to hear all about the developmental resources available to his brother Tyler at UNC, and it can’t be a favorable comparison for MSU. Was he promised that facilities upgrades were in the works?

  • The kid is doing what he feels is right. With all that activity with the other players, it seems that MSU has a problem they need to look at.