Apr 25, 2012, 3:36 PM EDT
Mississippi State seems destined for a rebuilding year (or a few) after the departure of coach Rick Stansbury.
But, new head coach Rick Ray took his first step toward shaping the future of the Bulldogs, grabbing the signature of Jacoby Davis, a North Carolina native who spent this past season at Northwestern Military Academy (Wisc.).
On the year, Davis averaged 21 points and five rebounds per game.
Before signing with Mississippi State, Davis was drawing interest from schools that include North Florida, Houston, Quinnipiac, and Wyoming.
Mississippi State suffered big losses after Stansbury’s departure. In addition to the graduation of Dee Bost, Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sidney are headed to the NBA draft and Rodney Hood announced that he would transfer.
The Bulldogs finished 21-12 on the year, missing the NCAA tournament and losing in the first round of the NIT tournament to Massachusetts.
Mississippi State will lose six of its top seven scorers from last season.
Ray made the move from Clemson, where he was an assistant coach, to the head position with MSU. Previous to that, he was with Purdue, Northern Illinois, and Indiana State.
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