MSU’s Molinar named All-SEC first team by media – home – WCBI TV
MISSISSIPPI STATE ATHLETICS
Iverson Molinar is entering the 2021-22 season as one of the SEC’s top players and has been picked as the All-SEC preseason first-team selection by media, announced Tuesday.
Molinar starts the 2021-2022 season with 684 points and 109 assists in 61 career games. He’s racked up 31 double-digit games and shot over 10 points in 30 of his 37 starts. The Bulldogs are 8-1 when Molinar amassed over 20 points.
Molinar has just completed a second breakout season where he won team honors in the All-NIT tournament. He buried 47.8% of the ground (183 of 383), 43.6% on three points (44 of 101) and 80.4% (90 of-112) on the free throw line.
Molinar was among the leaders in the SEC with 16.7 points per game (4th), 47.8 field goalies (5th), seven games over 20 points (T-7th) and 80.4 line mark. fault (12th). His total of 500 points was the eighth highest for a sophomore in the history of the program.
Molinar improved his scoring average by 10.8 points per game between his first and second seasons, the SEC’s seventh biggest jump in the past decade. He teamed up with Tolu Smith and DJ Stewart Jr. averaging 45.3 points per game, which was the SEC’s second-best line.
Mississippi State was chosen to finish eighth in the annual preseason media poll, while Scotty Pippen Jr. of Vanderbilt won the SEC’s preseason player of the year status.
The Bulldogs start the season with a four-game home game against North Alabama (Nov. 10 – 7 p.m. CT), Montana (Nov. 13 – tbc), Detroit Mercy (Nov. 17 – 7 p.m. CT) and Morehead State (Nov. 9 p.m. – 2 p.m. HC).
The State of Mississippi landed an impact transfer quartet in Garrison Brooks (North Carolina), DJ Jeffries (Memphis), Rocket Watts (State of Michigan) and Shakeel Moore (State of North Carolina), coupled with a solid freshman class which includes ESPN top 100 rookie KeShawn Murphy, Alden Applewhite and Cam Carter.
The Bulldogs also return two of their top three scorers to 2020-21 Iverson Molinar and Tolu Smith. Molinar ranked in the SEC’s top 10 for points per game (16.7 – 4th), field goal percentage (47.8 – 5th) and over 20 points games (8 – T -7th), while Smith led the SEC in rebounds per game (8.5) and double-double (8) last season.
Mississippi State won a second place finish at NIT 2021 as the Bulldogs won a playoff offer for the third time in a row when the playoff tournament has been played. State has won seven of its last 10 games, highlighted by five combined NCAA NET Quad 1 and Quad 2 wins on the home stretch.