Expectations are low for Mississippi State and newly-hired head coach Rick Ray heading into the 2012-13, but the Bulldogs have had a pretty good past week in terms of looking ahead.
Just days after landing a commitment from JUCO transfer Travis Daniels, Mississippi State also added a pledge from fellow junior college big man, Quantel Denson.
The Bulldogs are facing the daunting task of replacing Dee Bost in the back court, as well as starting forwards Arnett Moultrie and Renardo Sidney, who both bolted Starksville early for the NBA Draft.
A new era will take some time at Mississippi State, but the recent additions of both Daniels and Denson should help down the line. In addition, 5-foot-10 point guard Imara Ready is also committed, rounding out the Bulldogs’ current three-man class.
An original native of Alabama, Daniels stands at 6-foot-8 and will enter the Mississippi State program next year by way of Shelton State Community College (AL). Denson, the most recent of the two commits, currently attends Mineral Area College (MO). Denson stands at 6-foot-9, so it leaves no doubt that Ray has already bolstered his front court for the 2013-14 season.
Daniels chose the Bulldogs over interest from Wichita State, Western Kentucky and Southern Miss, while Denson previously held high-major offers from Oklahoma State, Marquette and Missouri. Denson was a one-time Mizzou commit prior to a 2011 arrest for burglary. Mineral Area is the third junior college that Denson has attended since.
Mississippi State opens the 2012-13 season against Troy on Nov. 9.
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