FILE - Mississippi State point guard Jacoby Davis is out for the 2012-13 season with a knee injury before he ever suits up for his first game in a Bulldogs jersey Photo by: MSU athletics
July 24, 2012 7:44:52 PM
STARKVILLE - In what he called a "dream come true" when he signed with Mississippi State University, has become a nightmare for point guard Jacoby Davis.
Before he ever got a chance to suit up for his first game in a MSU jersey, Davis has suffered a devastating knee injury that will sideline him for the entire 2012-13 season.
"As a coach, you always hate to see this happen," Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray said via a university release. "But Jacoby is a tough kid and I know he'll bounce back from this injury."
The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Davis, who turned 20-years-old in May, came to MSU as the first signee under the new Bulldogs head coach after spending the past year at St. John's Northwestern Military Academy in Delafield, Wis., where he averaged 21 points and 5 assists.
"There have been a lot of great point guards at Mississippi State, and hopefully I can come in and continue that tradition," Davis said in a university release in April. "This is a dream come true."
The loss of Davis on a roster that will have seven new players and at least three new starters after a mass exodus following the resignation of the school's all-time wins leader Rick Stansbury in March.
"We got 7 incoming guys and five returning players and of those returning guys only 2 of them made significant contributions to the team last year," Ray said during his offseason Southeastern Conference media teleconference in June. "So we'll be new and we'll be inexperienced and we'll see how it turns out."
Without the services of Davis, the preseason roster will have only one true point guard on scholarship in sophomore transfer Trivante Bloodman from Olney Central College. The 6-foot-0 native of Bronx, N.Y., spent last season at Olney Central, a two-year school in Illinois to a 25-8 ledger after averaging 15.4 points, 3.1 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.8 steals.
MSU saw starting point guard Dee Bost's eligibility run out this past season and announced guard DeVille Smith withdrew from school in March. MSU also lost forward Arnett Moultrie to the first round of the National Basketball Association draft, saw center Renardo Sidney leave school to pursue professional options and Rodney Hood transfer to Duke University after just one season with the Bulldogs.
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. 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.
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