July 29, 2009

The new and improved Kodi Augustus

Mississippi State's Kodi Augustus went from starter to scrub to superstar all in one season.

The 6-foot-8 forward started the first nine games for the Bulldogs last season but was benched by head coach Rick Stansbury for an entire month and played sparingly until the light came on for Augustus in March.

Augustus averaged 10 points a game off the bench during the final seven games of the season sparking MSU's Southeastern Conference Tournament Championship and run to the Big Dance.

Fans can expect to see a much more mature Augustus this season and he is hoping to pickup right where he left off in March.

"I'm just trying to stay positive and keep that same energy," Augustus said. "I'm looking for more minutes so I'm playing harder and doing what the coaches ask out of me. I'm just trying to get that feeling back of winning a championship. I think everybody should be better. We started playing better even before I went in but coach said that this year we are going to start that from day one going in and be better."

Augustus is aware of the high expectations surrounding the Bulldogs this season. But instead of letting the pressure get to them, he says they plan to feed off of it and use it as motivation.

"It really doesn't add any pressure," Augustus said. "We always have expectations. Every year our expectations are high and every year we are motivated by that pressure. It pushes us more but of course we have more motivation this year by our work in the offseason."

Augustus played in 25 games last season averaging 6.2 points and 3.4 rebounds and shooting 48.1-percent from the floor. He also drained 6-of-12 from behind the 3-point arc during the SEC Tournament.



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