Rick Ray adds another at Mississippi State: Trivante Bloodman is a Bulldog

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Olney Community College guard Trivante Bloodman has signed with Mississippi State, Zach Braziller of the New York Post first reported and the school later confirmed.

Bloodman, originally from the Bronx, N.Y., averaged 15.3 points and three assists per game this past season for Olney and becomes the seventh member of the Class of 2012 for the Bulldogs.

New head coach Rick Ray has had to rebuild a roster that was depleted, following the retirement of long-time head coach Rick Stansbury.

The Bulldogs will be losing their top four scorers from last season, with Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sidney leaving for the NBA draft, Dee Bost graduating, and Rodney Hood transferring.

Ray has worked quickly in his short time at the helm, first signing guard Jacoby Davis, then shooting guard Andre Applewhite, followed by a commitment from power forward Colin Borchert, and now Bloodman.

They will also be retaining three prospects signed in the fall under Stansbury: Fred Thomas, Craig Sword, and Gavin Ware.

Mississippi State finished this past season with a record of 21-12, including 8-8 in the SEC. They were eliminated in the first round of the NIT by Massachusetts.

Daniel Martin is a writer and editor at JohnnyJungle.com, covering St. John’s. You can find him on Twitter:@DanielJMartin_