NCB On The Trail: Mississippi State

Georgia center commits to Oregon State

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Oregon State coach Craig Robinson landed his first commitment from the 2014 class on Monday night with a pledge from center Isaiah Manderson (Alpharetta, Ga./Milton), multiple sources are reporting.

The 6-foot-10 Manderson chose the Beavers over Georgia, Maryland, Mississippi State, Tennessee and Auburn.
Mississippi State is on the board in the Class of 2014 with a verbal pledge from combo-guard Maurice Dunlap (Greenwood, Miss./Amanda Elzy), multiple sources are reporting.

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According to a source, Mississippi State landed a commitment on Wednesday night from 5-foot-10 point guard I.J. Ready (Little Rock, Ark./Parkview).

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Former Mississippi State signee P.J. Hardwick (Houston/Christian Life Center) ended his recruitment on Thursday after pledging to North Texas, according to the Denton Record-Chronicle.

Hardwick confirmed the news on his Twitter account, announcing "It's official I'm Going to North Texas".

The Florida native was released from his letter of intent to Mississippi State when head coach Rick Stansbury retired in March.


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Former Mississippi State signee Josh Gray (Houston/Phillis Wheatley H.S.) became Texas Tech's ninth recruit on Monday after committing to the Red Raiders over Kansas State.

Gray was released from his letter of intent with the Bulldogs following head coach Rick Stansbury's departure in March.

ESPN.com Recruiting Coordinator Reggie Rankin likes this get for head coach Billy Gillispie and his staff.

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Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray landed his second guard in as many days on Thursday with a commitment from Andre Applewhite (Memphis, Tenn./Central). The 6-foot-5 off-guard announced his decision today following a visit to Starkville on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, Ray signed North Carolina native Jacoby Davis (St. John's NW Military).

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New Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray signed his first recruit on Wednesday as point guard Jacoby Davis (Charlotte, N.C./St. John's NW Military Academy) inked his letter of intent with the Bulldogs.

Davis graduated from West Charlotte (N.C.) high school last spring and opted to spend a post-graduate year at St. John's where he averaged 21.0 points and 5.0 assists.

"I'm really excited about Jacoby joining the Bulldog family," Ray said. "He's exactly the type of quality person we are looking for in this basketball program. I think he'll be a great addition to our team because he's a winner, and he cares about the team. Jacoby will be a valuable asset to our team because he is a true point guard that can set up his teammates, but he's also a good shooter and will take pressure off of his teammates with his ability to knock down shots."

Davis claimed offers from South Carolina, Seton Hall, USC and Hofstra.

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It could be another two weeks before one of the top remaining seniors makes his choice.

Small forward Devonta Pollard (DeKalb, Miss./Kemper Co. H.S.) is still contemplating his choices, his mother confirmed to ESPN's Dave Telep.

Pollard, ranked No. 28 overall in 2012, is considering Texas, Missouri, Georgetown and Alabama. Mississippi State was among his previous finalists but have not been able to crack his list since the departure of coach Rick Stansbury in March.

The late signing period runs through May 16.

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Josh Gray inks with Miss. St. 

November, 17, 2011
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4-star point guard Josh Gray (Houston/Phillis Wheatley H.S.) told ESPN.com that he has signed his letter of intent with Mississippi State.

Gray originally committed in August before backing off his pledge in October. He reaffirmed his desire to be a Bulldog in early November.

"Josh is a high-major talent that can score and get others involved," said ESPN.com Recruiting Coordinator Reggie Rankin. "Plus he's a ball hawk on defense. His talent is undeniable."

Mississippi State head coach Rick Stansbury has yet to announce his official signings for the 2012 class. Three other prospects are expected to ink with the Bulldogs: center Gavin Ware (Starkville, Miss./Starkville H.S.), shooting guard Fred Thomas (Jackson, Miss./Jim Hill H.S.) and shooting guard Craig Sword (Montgomery, Ala./Carver H.S.).

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Josh Gray decommits from MSU 

October, 15, 2011
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ESPN.com's Reggie Rankin spoke with point guard Josh Gray (Houston) on Saturday and the 4-star guard confirmed that he has decommitted from Mississippi State and will re-open his recruiting.

The 6-foot-1 Gray chose the Bulldogs in August over Oregon, Tennessee and Texas A&M, among others.

Rankin watched Gray earlier this month in Houston and described him as a "high major point guard with Top 50-type talent."

Mississippi State's class still features center Gavin Ware (Starkville, Miss.), guard Fred Thomas (Jackson, Miss.) and guard Craig Sword (Montgomery, Ala.).

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