NCB On The Trail: Mississippi State Bulldogs

Malik Newman’s name has been at the top of the charts since his freshman year in high school. Let’s take a look at what makes him special on the court and who is recruiting him the hardest.

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Roundtable: Must-get prospects for 2015 

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With the vast majority of the top prospects in the ESPN 100 now off the board, the focus of the recruiting world is now rapidly shifting to the 2015 class where programs from all levels of college basketball are looking to position themselves for a successful recruiting cycle.

Some are already ahead of the curve. LSU landed a huge early score in Ben Simmons (Melbourne, Australia/Montverde Academy), Arizona has its next big-time guard in Tyler Dorsey (Los Angeles/St. John Bosco) and Syracuse has a pair of ESPN 60 products in Malachi Richardson (Hamilton, N.J./Trenton Catholic) and Tyler Lydon (Pine Plains, N.Y./New Hampton).

Memphis, Michigan State, Marquette, and Illinois have early commitments from ESPN 60 products as well, while the Fighting Illini are joined by Connecticut, Washington, Villanova, New Mexico, Rutgers, and Mississippi State in already having two verbal commitments.

With the 2015 dominoes beginning to align, we asked our team of Recruiting Nation experts to pinpoint which programs have already established their top priority, or “must-have recruit,” in the coming year.


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ESPN 100 SF headed to Auburn

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Auburn landed a commitment from ESPN 100 small forward Sam Logwood (Indianapolis/La Lumiere) on Sunday, according to multiple reports.

The 6-foot-7 wing holds offers from Creighton, Mississippi State, Iowa, Bradley, Indiana State and Miami (Ohio). Logwood is the first recruit in the 2014 class for the Tigers.

Mississippi State adds 2014 big man

July, 22, 2013
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6-foot-9 power forward Oliver Black (Jackson, Miss./Wingfield) verbally committed to Mississippi State on Sunday, according to multiple sources.

Black, a class of 2014 prospect, chose the Bulldogs over Ole Miss and Oklahoma State, among others. He joins SF Demetrius Houston (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) and SG Maurice Dunlap (Greenwood, Miss./Amanda Elzy) in MSU's recruiting class. The Bulldogs also hold a pledge from two-sport standout Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) who is expected to play football and basketball.

PF Marcanvis Hymon picks Ole Miss

July, 10, 2013
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Class of 2014 power forward Marcanvis Hymon (Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven) announced his commitment to Mississippi on Tuesday.

The three-star prospect, who is currently ranked as the No. 45 power forward on ESPN.com, chose the Rebels over Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi State and Auburn. He becomes the first Ole Miss commit from the 2014 class.
Four-star SF Demetrius Houston (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) has committed to Mississippi State over the likes of Alabama, Auburn, Seton Hall, Tennessee, George Mason and Georgia.

What will Houston bring to the Bulldogs and how does he fit?


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Four-star wing commits to Miss. St.

July, 8, 2013
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Rising senior small forward Demetrius Houston (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) ended his recruitment on Monday with a verbal commitment to Mississippi State, according to multiple reports.

He joins SF Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) and SG Maurice Dunlap (Greenwood, Miss./Elzy) in Mississippi State's 2014 class. The Bulldogs also hold a verbal pledge from Houston's high school teammate, Class of 2015 PF Joseph Struggs.

Houston also held offers from Alabama, Auburn, George Mason, Georgia and Seton Hall.

Staley to play two at Mississippi State

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Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler), a four-star, dual-threat quarterback on the gridiron and a three-star small forward on the hardwood, has committed to play both football and basketball for the Bulldogs, the Clarion Ledger reports.

"I love the whole college town," he said. "It seems like one big family there. I love their facilities and love their coaching staff for both basketball and football. It's SEC and the fan base down there is ridiculous."

The 6-foot-6, 208-pound standout originally committed to Vanderbilt in April but went back on the market in May after it became apparent that the Commodores wanted him to focus on one sport.

Appalachian State, Boston College, Marshall, Massachusetts and Virginia were his other football offers.

Staley is a key addition for the Bulldogs, who recently lost their prized quarterback recruit from 2013. Four-star Cord Sandberg (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee) was selected by the Philadelphia Phillies in the third round of the Major League Baseball Draft and signed for $725,000.

Mississippi State has nine commitments for 2014.

Mississippi State lands two from 2015

June, 12, 2013
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Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray has received two verbal commitments from Class of 2015 prospects, according to multiples sources.

On Tuesday, power forward Joseph Struggs (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) pledged to the Bulldogs. Then on Wednesday, shooting guard Dante Scott (Smyrna, Ga./Campbell) committed to MSU.

They are the first recruits in the 2015 class for Ray and his staff.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- In the Class 3A Alabama state semifinal game, freshman Joshua Langford scored 30 points and pulled down 16 rebounds as Madison Academy held off a Greensboro team featuring Alabama signee Jimmie Taylor to advance to the finals.

What would the 2016 prospect do for an encore?

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Mississippi State lands C Fallou Ndoye 

November, 13, 2012
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ESPN.com has confirmed that 6-foot-11 center Fallou Ndoye (Henderson, Nev./Findlay College Prep) verbally committed to Mississippi State on Tuesday.

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C Tosin Mehinti picks C-USA school 

November, 5, 2012
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6-foot-9 center Tosin Mehinti (Lithonia, Ga./Greenforest Christian) verbally committed to Alabama-Birmingham on Sunday night, according to www.al.com.

Mehinti, a native of Nigeria, chose the Blazers over Georgia, Temple and Mississippi State.

"Compared to other schools that were recruiting me, I felt that UAB was the best fit for me," he told the site. "When I came on my visit, I felt very comfortable with the players. UAB is the place for me."

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DePaul adds junior college big man 

October, 29, 2012
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On Sunday DePaul landed a verbal commitent from center Forrest Robinson (Eastland, Texas/South Plains College).

The 6-foot-10 Robinson chose the Blue Demons over offers from Bradely, Mississippi State, St. Louis and Tennessee Tech.

"It wasn't one thing," he told ESPN Chicago. "Everything was great. I'm going to help them spread the floor. We're going to play fast-paced, run the floor and have fun, my style of basketball."

Robinson spent one season at North Texas (2011-12) before leaving for South Plains. He joins ESPN 100 point guard Billy Garrett Jr. (Chicago/Morgan Park) in DePaul's 2013 class.

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C Dwight Coleby picks Ole Miss 

October, 14, 2012
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Senior center Dwight Coleby (Piney Woods, Miss./Piney Woods) ended his recruitment on Sunday with a verbal commitment to the University of Mississippi. Coleby announced the news via his Twitter account.

He chose the Rebels over Memphis, Georgia, Mississippi State and Southern Miss. Coleby becomes the first recruit for head coach Andy Kennedy and his staff in 2013.

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Juco C Quantel Denson is a Bulldog 

October, 5, 2012
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Center Quantel Denson (Kansas City, Mo./Mineral Area College) became the second junior college commitment for Mississippi State this week when he pledged on Friday, according to multiple sources.

Small forward Travis Daniel (Russellville, Ala./Shelton State College) picked the Bulldogs on Wednesday. They also hold a commtment from senior point guard I.J. Ready (Little Rock, Ark./Parkview).

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