MSU went 11-18 last season…The last time the Mustangs had a winning season was in 2015.. The Mustangs are hoping this team might be the one to break that three season streak.
Head Coach Nelson Haggerty is entering his eighth year as head coach for the Mustangs.
Nelson Haggerty said, “Well honestly you know my expectations doesn’t change going into the game, going into a season you know we can prepare and get this team playing to the height of our ability. We should be competing for a national championship. So those are our thoughts every time we…. every time we practice. We set up what were doing. its our thought in recruiting. But on the other end of it, we have a bunch of new guys and its going to be a slow process with all the new guys that we have especially thats new to the program.”
Ola Ayodele is the only player returning for the Mustangs with ON-court experience.
Nelson Haggerty said, “This year we just have a whole new team… 10 new basketball players. We have a few guys that have been here but they were redshirts. We wont have anybody back that scored any points for us last year other than Ola Ayodele whose coming off of an injury this season so brand new team.. brand new guys.”
Ola Ayodele said, “There gonna underestimate us and we have to show out them and prove out that were not sixth.. like were coming for it so just let people think what they want to think.. it doesn’t really matter. Because when it comes game time.. Its show time.”
Its also show time for former Hirschi Husky Trae Jones who is expected to make a big impact on MSU’s perimeter game. In his junior and senior season, Jones made a total of 212 three pointers. He holds the Wichita Falls school district record for most threes in a single single season with 120.
New to the show is recent transfer Josh Wallace from junior college, Palm Beach State. Wallis will play a crucial role for the Mustangs at the guard position.
Josh Wallace said, “In the beginning it was kinda tough you know because no one really knew what to expect, and you know everybody’s new and were trying to get the chemistry right and everything. But I think now that we’ve had some time, and we’ve played together for a while now.. a couple months… We’re starting to get the groove of things.”
Despite the learning curve…all the Mustangs know what it takes to be a winning team and are working hard to get there.