Rick Ray knew that taking the Mississippi State was was going to be a rebuilding process.
Dee Bost graduated. Arnett Moultrie was a first round pick in the NBA Draft. Renardo Sidney left school and didn’t get drafted. Rodney Hood transferred to Duke. DeVille Smith left school in March. What he was left with was a roster that returned just five players — only two of whom (guard Jalen Steele and big man Wendell Lewis) contributed at all last season — and featured seven newcomers.
Well, on Monday, Ray’s tough task got even more difficult, as Jacoby Davis — a freshman from St. John’s Military Academy in Wisconsin — tore his ACL in a team workout. Davis was slated to be the starter at the point for the Bulldogs this season.
“As a coach, you always hate to see this happen,” Ray said in a statement. “But Jacoby is a tough kid and I know he’ll bounce back from this injury.”
Davis probably wasn’t going to be an instant replacement for Bost, the university’s all-time assists leader, anyway. He signed with North Florida out of high school before deciding to enroll in prep school. And for Davis, there may be a silver lining to this injury: he’ll be around Starkville for five years now. Assuming Ray can get the program up and running, that means he’ll be playing more minutes when the team is better. It’s not much of a consolation prize, but it only helps to look at the bright side when you’re dealing with a torn ACL.
As of now, the only point guard on MSU’s roster is Trivante Bloodman, who spent his freshman season at a JuCo in Illinois.
Arizona commit Terrance Ferguson has been known as one of the best dunkers in the country for the last few years. So you knew the 6-foot-6 wing was going to attempt the latest internet dunk craze that’s been going around.
Some call it the, “5-point play” in which the dunker makes a 3-pointer and immediately sprints following the shot release to catch the make for an under-the-legs dunk.
It’s as tough as it sounds and Ferguson makes it look easy.
Bol Bol is the son of former NBA center Manute Bol, and the younger Bol is earning quite a bit of attention himself as a five-star prospect in the Class of 2018.
The 6-foot-11 Bol showed off some of his freakish coordination and athleticism on Friday night, by ripping a steal and taking it coast-to-coast for an under-the-legs dunk in the middle of a game at the Jayhawk Invitational.
Bol will be one of the players to watch this spring as he plays with KC Run GMC.
Iowa State guard Naz Mitrou-Long gets hardship waiver to play additional year
“Everything happens for a reason and although it hurt to not be able to play for a group of guys I loved last year, my body needed time to recover and that time off allowed me to feel the best I’ve felt since my freshman year,” Mitrou-Long said in the release. “I’m glad I’ll be able to play for the best fans in the country and represent the name on the front of my jersey, Iowa State, one more year. Words can’t describe this feeling. Cyclone Nation, be ready for a special year.”
The 6-foot-4 Long played in eight games last season for Iowa State as he averaged 12 points per game. He missed the rest of the season to deal with pain in his surgically repaired hips. Mitrou-Long has been a very effective three-point shooter during his career at Iowa State and he should be a nice option to have for next season if he’s healthy.
CIAA will stay in North Carolina despite state’s LGBT law
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association says it won’t move its headquarters, its basketball tournament or other conference championships from North Carolina, despite the state’s controversial new LGBT law.
The CIAA said in a statement Thursday that it will instead partner with the NCAA to educate its members on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender issues as it does on other issues, like graduation rates and concussion management.
The Charlotte Observer reports that the CIAA, the oldest African-American sports conference in the U.S., has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2006 and announced it was moving its headquarters to Charlotte from Virginia in 2015.
The CIAA said Thursday that it will continue to “monitor the issues,” as it has since House Bill 2 passed.
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