July 20, 2009

Bost striving to be the best

When Jamont Gordon declared himself eligible for the NCAA Draft it not only left a void in the Mississippi State backcourt last season but also raised the question of who would be the Bulldogs point guard.

Those questions were answered the moment Dee Bost arrived on campus. The 6-foot-2 converted shooting guard took the Southeastern Conference by storm starting all 36 games and earning a shelf full of postseason honors in the process.

Bost now has a season of experience under his belt and is gearing up for an even better season as a sophomore.

"It helped me because I got to learn early as a freshman," Bost said. "This year I ain't got to learn and wait until my junior year to play. This year the expectations are going to be higher for me to come out and do more than I did last year and hopefully I can help us win more."

Bost averaged 10.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 4.3 assists, 1.4 steals and 31.6 minutes of work a game. He also turned it up a notch scoring when league play began averaging 13.5 points inside the SEC. Bost also shot 35.2-percent last season from the floor and 33.5-percent behind the arc.

But despite looking like a seasoned veteran on the court last season, Bost admits he had a lot to learn during his freshman campaign.

"The biggest challenge was the speed of the game but that was my type of speed," Bost said. "Another thing was the physical part of the game so that's why I'm working on getting stronger."

Bost went home to Concord, N.C. during May before returning to school to work with strength coach Richard Akins. He was listed generously at 170-pounds last season but has been working hard to add some weight before the season gets underway.

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