The men's Mississippi State basketball team is expected to sign at least three players during the week-long early signing period, which begins Wednesday. Expected to sign are Wingfield (MS) High School power forward Oliver Black, Carver (AL) High School small forward Demetrius Houston and Amanda Elzy (MS) High School shooting guard Maurice Dunlap.
The 6-foot-9, 215-pound Oliver Black averaged 10+ points, 9 rebounds and 5 block shots as a junior. He really started coming into his own late in the season, then wound up being named the MVP of the Mississippi North-South All-Star Basketball Game (played in July), after scoring 19 points and hauling down 8 rebounds. He will give Mississippi State immediate depth at the big forward position as a freshman.
Demetrius Houston is a very athletic, high-flying 6-foot-7, 200-pound small forward who averaged 15 points, 10 rebounds and 2 blocks per game as a junior. He chose MSU over numerous offers, including Georgia, Auburn, Alabama, Seton Hall and George Mason. He is expected to come in and provide immediate depth at the small forward position. He will be signing with Mississippi State Wednesday at 1 pm at his high school.
Maurice Dunlap is 6-foot-1 shooting guard with NBA three-point shooting range. The past two seasons he has helped lead his team to the 4A state championship. As a junior, he scored 14 points per game while also averaging 4 assists and 4 rebounds. He is expected to give Mississippi State not only immediate depth at the two-guard but an outside shooting threat that MSU hasn't had since Darryl Wilson. His signing day ceremony will be held at 6 pm at the Hampton Inn in Greenwood, MS.
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