Howland parts ways with Houston

Demetrius Houston will transfer from Mississippi State at the end of the semester. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Demetrius Houston will transfer from Mississippi State at the end of the semester. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Mississippi State coach Ben Howland has parted ways with Demetrius Houston.

The sophomore forward had been suspended indefinitely since Nov. 17 for conduct detrimental to the team. Howland announced during his weekly press conference on Thursday that Houston will not be on the team moving forward.

“I’ve made a final decision that Demetrius Houston will no longer be with us for the remainder of this year,” Howland said. “He’s going to look to transfer and follow other opportunities.”

Houston played six minutes off the bench in MSU’s opening win over Eastern Washington, scoring two points. He did not play in the second game against Southern and has been suspended ever since.

The 6-foot-7, 201-pounder from Montgomery, Ala., appeared in 29 games as a freshman last year for former coach Rick Ray averaging 3.1 points and 2.3 rebounds. Houston had offers from Alabama, Auburn, George Mason, Minnesota, Seton Hall and UAB as a three-star prospect out of high school.

Houston is the third player to transfer since Howland took over in March joining Maurice Dunlap and Oliver Black.

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.

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