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.
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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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