It's now official: Point guard Jacoby Davis signed with Mississippi State this morning, the school confirmed, giving new coach Rick Ray his first signee. Davis committed Tuesday.
The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Davis played last season at St. John's Northwest Military Academy in Delafield, Wisc. He's originally from Charlotte, N.C., where he played for two different high schools. He signed with North Florida last year but was not admitted by the school.
Davis, who turns 20 next month, will likely step in and run the point next season. The only other option right now is signee P.J. Hardwick.
"I think he'll be a great addition to our team because he's a winner, and he cares about the team," Ray said in a release. "Jacoby will be a valuable asset to our team because he is a true point guard that can set up his teammates, but he's also a good shooter and will take pressure off of his teammates with his ability to knock down shots."
Davis averaged 21 points and five assists last season. The season before, he led West Charlotte High to the Class 4A state championship, averaging 17.5 points and 5.3 assists. The Charlotte Observer named him to its All-Observer team, and Davis was all-state his junior and senior seasons.
He also played quarterback on his football team. So, yes, his profile is very similar to that of just-departed point guard Dee Bost, who played high school ball in the Charlotte area, quarterbacked his football team, then spent a year in prep school (Hargrave Military).
"There have been a lot of great point guards at Mississippi State, and hopefully I can come in and continue that tradition," Davis said in the release. "This is a dream come true."
Davis' addition gives MSU five members of the 2012 signing class, and Ray could sign up to three more.