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Jacoby Davis transferring out of Mississippi State

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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.

PHOTO: Ohio State’s new LeBron James shoe display

during the College Football Playoff National Championship Game at AT&T Stadium on January 12, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.
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Ohio State has capitalized on its close relationship with NBA superstar LeBron James over the years and now has a new shoe display that should come in handy during recruiting.

The Buckeyes put out a tweet late this week with the display, calling themselves “THE LeBron school.” While this is something small, recruits like that the Buckeyes are tied into the best player in the world and it’s cool to them that Ohio State gets some exclusive gear.

Rutgers hoping new duo can bring a spark

of the Ohio State Buckeyes against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights during their Big Ten conference game at Rutgers Athletic Center on February 8, 2015 in Piscataway, New Jersey.
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Rutgers has struggled to achieve success on the floor the last few years and head coach Eddie Jordan is hoping that some talented newcomers can help start a turnaround. With the start of practice, local media saw some of the Scarlet Knights’ early practice and Jerry Carino of the Asbury Park Press noted that the duo of freshman point guard Corey Sanders and junior college forward Deshawn Freeman were getting a lot of burn together.

With both incoming players being four-star prospects, it’s hardly a surprise that Jordan would see what the two were capable of. According to Carino, it meant a lot of Sanders driving and forcing the defense to collapse before finding Freeman.

“It seems like coach always has us on the same team,” Freeman said to Carino. “Ever since we’ve gotten here, he’s trying to get us to play together.”

Carino also notes that since Rutgers is deeper, longer and more athletic in general this season, the team could do more with a pressing defense to help create turnovers.

While Rutgers still faces an uphill climb in the Big Ten, they at least have some exciting pieces that will be in place for a few seasons.