Mississippi State has signed junior college forward Colin Borchert, his coach confirmed to the Journal this evening.
The 6-foot-8, 225-pound Borchert is finishing up a visit at MSU tonight, but earlier today he signed with new coach Rick Ray. That makes for six members of this 2012 class. Earlier today, point guard signee P.J. Hardwick said he was "re-opening" his recruitment and will be seeking a release from his scholarship.
I spoke with Borchert's coach at East Mississippi Community College, Mark White. He said Borchert also visited Georgetown, South Alabama and Xavier before settling on MSU.
"They did a really good job of making him feel like he was really needed and would be a big part of their team," White said. "I spoke with coach Ray last night for quite a while on the phone, and coach Ray was very excited about him."
As we know, Ray had been seeking a big body for this class to help immediately, but Borchert won't be a sedentary player. Last season, he shot a team-best 37 percent from 3-point range while averaging 15.5 points and 7.5 rebounds. White said Borchert's athleticism has surprised a lot of people and that it fits in with what Ray wants in a four-spot forward.
"He's played on the perimeter for most of his life, so that's where he's most comfortable at, on the perimeter," White said. "But for us, we played him a mixture of inside and out. It all was based on who was guarding him. He's really, really good around the basket also."
White also praise Borchert's passing ability, saying he's "probably the best post feeder that I've ever had from a big guy." He can hit free throws as well, at a 71-percent rate last season.
Borchert orginally comes from Phoenix, and he played one year at a nearby juco before transferring to EMCC.
He's Ray's third signee. Guards Jacoby Davis and Andre Applewhite signed last week.