HOMETOWN HEROES

Missouri State University’s Men’s basketball and the Lady Bears will have a different look going into the 2022-2023 season. A majority of both teams’ rosters have either transferred or graduated, but there are still some familiar faces that have stuck around. The Lady Bears have five returners and the men’s team has three; both teams also have five local players. 

Sophomore forward Indya Green is from Springfield and played high school basketball at Kickapoo High School. Several locals expected Green to commit to Missouri State for her freshman year, but she never received a call to play for the Lady Bears. Green went off to play at Moberly Area Community College and averaged 18.9 points per game and 11.4 rebounds in 32 games. 

Head coach Beth Cunningham had a lot of praise for the sophomore, stating, “She’s somebody that can come in and fill a void for us. She has the ability to put the ball in the basket and the ability to rebound, and I think her versatility too will really help us.” 

Freshman Khloe Moad is also a Missouri native, coming from Ash Grove. The 6’2 forward was named a McDonald’s All-American, averaging 16.3 ppg, 8.5 rpg and led her team to a 20-8 record during her senior year. 

Other Missouri natives on the men’s basketball team include freshmen Tommy Pinegar, Kanon Gipson and Jonathan Dunn. Pinegar, a 6‘2 guard, was a sharpshooter at Greenwood High School on Missouri State’s campus. The guard made 322 threes and ranked seventh in three, pointers in state history. 

Gipson comes from Rogersville, MO, and averaged 16.9 ppg, 5.3 assists, and 3.1 steals during his time at Logan-Rogersville High School. Dunn is a 6‘7 forward who also comes from Logan-Rogersville and was named the Big 8 East Player of the Year as a senior, averaging 23 ppg and 4.7 rebounds. 

These hometown heroes had a large amount of success at their previous schools, and are looking to make an impact for the Bears this season. 

 

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