BIRMINGHAM -- Mississippi State coach Rick Stansbury was one of those coaches who had to try and find ways to stop Rajon Rondo during his two years as Kentucky's point guard.
Stansbury is also one of many who have been surprised by Rondo's effective play in the NBA that helped the Boston Celtics win the league championship last year.
"It has surprised everybody. Who wouldn't be surprised at that?" Stansbury said Wednesday during the Southeastern Conference Media Days. "Basically, I don't want to say he struggled for Kentucky because he was a very good player, but I don't think anybody expected him to impact the pros after his sophomore year (when the left Kentucky) the way he has.
"I think most people wondered why he went to the NBA. To see the impact he has had there is probably as amazing as any sports story out there. To be a player like has on a world championship team is amazing. Or at least it is to me."