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Jacoby Davis transferring out of Mississippi State

May 17, 2014, 12:00 PM EST

SEC Mississippi St Tennessee Basketball AP

Mississippi State announced in a release on Friday that redshirt freshman guard Jacoby Davis intends to transfer to be closer to his home in Charlotte.

Davis’ mother, Michelle, has been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and Davis wants to be closer to her.

The 6-foot-1 guard was head coach Rick Ray’s first recruit at Mississippi State and missed his freshman season after tearing his ACL during individual workouts. Davis returned to the floor this season as a reserve and averaged 2.2 points and 1.2 rebounds per game in 28 games for the Bulldogs.

“I fully support Jacoby’s decision to transfer under these circumstances,” Ray said in the release. “Jacoby has been a model student-athlete here at Mississippi State but simply wants and needs to get back closer to home to support his mother.”

Mississippi State finished 14-19 and placed last in the SEC with a 3-15 record in 2013-14. Junior Trivante Bloodman and freshman I.J. Ready are both slated to return and should carry the bulk of the ball handling responsibilities for the Bulldogs next season.