Datcher signs with the Bulldogs

Vincent (Ala.) three-star power forward E.J. Datcher signed with Mississippi State on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com)

Vincent (Ala.) three-star power forward E.J. Datcher signed with Mississippi State on Wednesday. (Photo courtesy of 247Sports.com)

Mississippi State took advantage of the spring recruiting period Wednesday by signing 3-star standout Elton “EJ” Datcher from Vincent, Ala.

During his four basketball seasons at Vincent High School, the 6-foot-9, 245-pound center impressively played in 106 games, averaging 11.6 points, 1.3 assists, 7.7 rebounds, 1 steal and 3 blocks per game.

“We are very excited to have EJ joining the Bulldog family and basketball program,” MSU coach Ben Howland said. “He is a great kid from a wonderful family. I think he has a very bright future as a player and person in our program. He has excellent size and has outstanding hands and feet for a kid of his size and strength. He’s got a lot of upside because of his basketball IQ.”

During his 2014-2015 season, Datcher tore his meniscus and missed almost the entire season when the Yellow Jackets advanced to the Final Four of the Alabama state playoffs.

As a senior, Datcher bounced back to lead Vincent to a 24-7 ledger. His season high of 25 points came against Shelby County and Tarrant.

The center appeared in all 31 games in his final season with the Yellow Jackets, averaging 18 points, 14 rebounds and 3 blocked shots. He finished his season as a Class 2A First Team All-State Player, the third-best player in the state of Alabama, and 43rd best center in the Class of 2016.

(From MSU Media Relations)

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