There wasn't much reason for Mississippi State to pay very much attention to Thursday night's National Basketball Association Draft.
Coach Rick Ray hopes that's something that will change in the next two years.
Junior Bulldogs like Craig Sword, Gavin Ware and Fred Thomas have come a long way, but still have some work to do to become better basketball players and be included in the draft conversation one day.
Ray said the main thing Sword has worked on during the summer has been his shooting and getting a feel for the point guard position.
If the NBA is in Sword's future, Ray said he has to be willing to play at the point.
"He can't be a straight 2 guard his whole career," Ray said. "Chicken (Sword) is a guy that needs to make a shot and prove he is a point guard at that level because he's probably the most athletic-type guy in the SEC."
Sword has been concentrating on his shooting and said he takes about 20 to 30 shots in a workout or "until my arm starts hurting."
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