Mississippi State University announced the signing of point guard Jacoby Davis Wednesday. Davis just finished a season at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis. Photo by: Courtesy of Bulldawg Junction
April 25, 2012 2:16:51 PM
STARKVILLE - Jacoby Davis became the first signed prospect Wednesday for Rick Ray since he became the new men's basketball coach at Mississippi State University.
The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Davis, who turns 20 years old on May 20, will come to Mississippi State in the fall after spending the past year at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis., where he averaged 21 points and 5 assists.
"He's exactly the type of quality person we are looking for in this basketball program," Ray said in a university release. "I think he'll be a great addition to our team because he's a winner, and he cares about the team. Jacoby will be a valuable asset to our team because he is a true point guard that can set up his teammates, but he's also a good shooter and will take pressure off of his teammates with his ability to knock down shots."
The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog spoke Wednesday morning with St. John's Northwestern Military Academy prep school coach Brian Richert who said Davis was a guard that can score when he needs to but worked in the past year to improve his floor skills and basketball intelligence as a point guard.
"He can fill it up when you need it but here was our situation: we had six Division 1 signees on our team this year so I told him that we don't need him to score 30 nor would he have the opportunity to do so," Richert said.
Richert coached former University of Wisconsin and former All-American honorable mention selection Trevon Hughes while at St. John's high school program and said he sees a lot of similarities to Davis' game.
"I spoke with Coach Ray about how much film review we did this year with Jacoby and everything we talked about was how to run a team," Richert said. "We did the same thing with Trevon and (Wisconsin head coach) Bo Ryan told me after he got him in camp that Trevon was prepared to play at that level immediately."
In high school, Davis led West Charlotte to a 28-2 ledger and the 2011 Class 4A championship as a senior. In the 78-69 win against Millbrook (Raleigh) in the title game, Davis scored 13 points and collected four steals. For the year, he averaged 17.5 points and 5.3 assists.
"I really enjoyed my visit to Mississippi State, and I'm excited to be a part of the Bulldog family," Davis said in a university release. "I really felt comfortable with everyone, and I feel Mississippi State is a perfect fit."
Davis was a member of the 2011 all-region team, recognized as the top 15 players from the 127 schools in North Carolina and South Carolina by the Charlotte Observer. He was also an All-State performer both his senior and junior campaigns.
"There have been a lot of great point guards at Mississippi State, and hopefully I can come in and continue that tradition," Davis said. "This is a dream come true."
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