Ray lands JUCO national champion forward

Johnny Zuppardo

Johnny Zuppardo

Rick Ray added one final piece to his 2014 class at Mississippi State on Wednesday by signing Jones County Junior College forward Johnny Zuppardo.

The 6-foot-9, 240-pounder took an official visit to Starkville over the weekend and committed to the Bulldogs on Tuesday.

Zuppardo also had offers from Washington, Wichita State, St. Bonaventure, Iona and Kent State.

The former St. Stanislaus standout began his career at Arkansas State where he appeared in 24 games as a true freshman averaging 1.3 points and one rebound. From there Zuppardo transferred to Southern Miss where he was forced to sit out the 2012-13 season due to transfer rules.

Zuppardo helped lead the Bobcats to the NJCAA National Championship this past season averaging 15.2 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. He earned was selected to the NJCAA All-Tournament team.

Zuppardo is the fourth member of the MSU signing class joining fellow forwards Demetrius Houston and Oliver Black along with guard Maurice Dunlap, who all signed in the fall.

To read more on Zuppardo’s commitment from Paul Jones of Bulldawgs247.com, click on the link here.

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

Posted in Basketball, Recruiting
  • Mike Davis

    Alright,we building a team now!

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