Mississippi State Forward Tolu Smith Returns For Another Season

Mississippi State Forward Tolu Smith Returns For Another Season

This week, Mississippi State forward Tolu Smith declared on social media that he would utilize his extra year of eligibility to return to the Bulldogs for the 2023-24 season, a major SEC event.

"I'm not done making memories," Smith stated in a social media video this week. I'm returning next season. Legacy is important to me. I'm ready to contribute and complete."

Smith had his greatest season with the Bulldogs in 2022-23, averaging 15.7 points, 8.5 rebounds, and 57.2% from the field. The Bulldogs made their first NCAA Tournament berth since 2019.

Smith led the SEC in field goal % and rebounds per game, following Kentucky's Oscar Tshiebwe. He was First-Team All-SEC.

Mississippi State's big man's comeback boosts Chris Jans' 2023-24 team. 

Last season's Bulldogs lost just a few players. The transfer site will include West Virginia forward Jimmy Bell Jr. and Marshall guard Andrew Taylor.

"For me, I want to be one of those legacy guys – guys like Erick Dampier or Darryl Wilson," Smith stated in a news statement. 

Winning is necessary to be that. It requires surviving the first round. It's reaching championships and Final Fours. That's my goal this year. The squad thinks the same."

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