By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Mississippi State is getting some immediate post help all the way from Latvia.
The school confirmed Wednesday that the MSU basketball team has signed Kristers Zeidaks, a 6-foot-8 small forward, to a financial aid agreement. He has been academically cleared by the NCAA and will enroll in the fall term. Zeidaks is officially considered a transfer and will have three years of eligibility.
Zeidaks might first have to sit out some games at the beginning of the season because of amateurism issues. He played club ball with professionals, although he was not paid for playing.
The 21-year-old did not play with a club last season and is therefore eligible to play for MSU this season. MSU compliance director Bracky Brett said the school has begun the process of determining his amateur status, and it’s expected to be routine.
Zeidaks played for the Latvian national team in the U20 European Championships last year, averaging 13.7 points and 6.2 rebounds while shooting 47.1 percent from the field.
The addition of Zeidaks beefs up an MSU frontcourt that has been in flux the past year. The mercurial Renardo Sidney is currently working out in Houston, still trying to get in shape after a tough season both on and off the court, and 7-foot backup John Riek recently transferred out.
Arnett Moultrie, a 6-11 UTEP transfer, is eligible this season and expected to start right away. Junior Wendell Lewis is another key post piece off the bench.