There is no doubt that women’s basketball took a major hit as the departure of seniors Morgan William, Blair Schaefer, Roshunda Johnson, and Victoria Vivians still stings following one of the most heartbreaking losses the history of the sport. That said, the Bulldogs have plenty of depth. In addition, this year’s squad may be even better, but is in dire need of a true leader. While she was on and off throughout the year, Jordan Danberry took advantage of the bright tournament lights, ultimately proving that she can lead an underestimated team this season.
Head coach Vic Schaefer has raved about Danberry and her defensive tenacity. Danberry is ready for any challenge, and though she was streaky, can be a formidable shooter. But due to Schaefer’s defense first mentality, she will likely continue to shine brighter defensively rather than be an offensive threat.
Danberry is due for a breakout senior season and has every resource around. Though coach Schaefer is defense first, Danberry will be surrounded by a plethora of offensive firepower, most notably freshman phenom Myah Taylor, and the game’s best down low, Teaira McCowan. While the Bulldogs have a ton of promise, there is still plenty of work to do, and Danberry will be at the center of it all.
Having said that, Danberry has a partner in crime, as she and Jazzmun Holmes were lethal off the bench last season and will only get better. Holmes was arguably the games most underrated player and has evolved into a star. Remember the South Carolina game? Both Holmes and Danberry know the bright lights well, as the two know how to put on a show in primetime.
Both are spark plugs and lifted Mississippi State when needed, primarily in the latter part of games. Danberry and Holmes are risk takers but need develop a three-point shot. If they can, we may be witnessing some real talent come next season.
All in all, Danberry will be heavily relied on by her coaches and teammates. She is up for the challenge and knows the potential of this year’s team. Expect Danberry to shine and put Mississippi State in a position to capture that national championship.