Growing up fast in the paint

OXFORD — One year ago about this time, wide-eyed and inexperienced Ole Miss freshman Malcolm White was asked to guard Mississippi State’s senior star Charles Rhodes at Humphrey Coliseum.
Predictably, the results were disastrous.
Rhodes scored 26 points on 12-of-14 shooting from the field that day as MSU clobbered Ole Miss by 20 points. Granted, not all of the points were against White, but some of the more memorable moves came at the freshman’s expense.
White, who is gregarious and confident by nature, is not embarrassed easily. But that day certainly qualifies as one he would like to forget.

“He was just a veteran player who knew the ropes,” said White, a sheepish grin crossing his face.

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1/31/09