By Parrrish Alford and Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Rick Ray has more help on the way.
Mississippi State’s first-year men’s coach signed three players to a national letter of intent on Wednesday, which was the first day of the early signing period for basketball. The big fish of this class, 6-foot-10 forward Fallou Ndoye, could sign by today – he committed Tuesday.
MSU signed guard I.J. Ready of Little Rock and a pair of junior college forwards, Travis Daniels and Quantel Denson.
Ready averaged 20.1 points and 5.2 assists per game last season for Parkview Magnet, and he comes in as a point guard. Daniels is a 6-8 small forward from Tuscaloosa, Ala., who plays at Shelton State Community College, while Denson is a 6-9 power forward from Park Hills, Mo., via Mineral Area CC.
Ndoye also has offers from the likes of Southern Cal, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech, according to Bulldawgs247.com, which rates him as a three-star prospect. The Senegal native currently plays at Findlay Prep in Nevada.
MSU has 10 scholarship players, three below the NCAA limit. Two of those players are out for the season with knee injuries.
MSU’s baseball team also signed a handful of players, including Tupelo’s Ben Hudspeth. He was an ace pitcher for ICC last season, notching an 11-0 record and 1.82 ERA.
Tupelo’s Ben Hudspeth was one of three ICC baseball players to sign on Wednesday with Division I programs.
Shortstop Tyler Tipton, from Shelbyville, Ky., signed with Kentucky and pitcher Dylan Earnest of Hamilton signed with Southeastern Louisiana.
Tipton hit .257 last season and led ICC with 11 steals. Earnest went 5-3 with a 4.30 ERA and had 71 strikeouts in 68 innings.
At MSU, Hudspeth will join former ICC battery mate Zack Randolph of Amory, who signed with the Bulldogs last fall.
Rebels await signees
Ole Miss men’s basketball coach Andy Kennedy has a lot of experience in his front court right now.
On Wednesday, he began taking steps to plan for when he doesn’t.
With seniors Murphy Holloway and Reggie Buckner gone after this year, Kennedy is expected to land a center and two forwards over the early signing period, which runs through Nov. 21.
Dwight Coleby, rated a three-star prospect by Scout.com, stands 6-foot-9, 225 pounds and is rated the No. 23 center in the country.
He was the No. 1 target for Kennedy and his staff.
The Rebels are also expected to sign forwards Sebastian Saiz, a lean 6-9 with a lengthy reach, and Janari Joessar, 6-7, 200, both currently of Sunrise Christian Academy.
Saiz averaged 6.6 points and 5.4 rebounds for Spain’s 18-and-under national team in the summer.
Joessar, a native of Estonia, averaged 12.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in the 2011 European Championships.
MSUwomen sign four
New Mississippi State head coach Vic Schaefer signed four high school players on Monday: Ketara Chapel, a 6-1 forward from Temple, Texas; Dominique Dillingham, a 5-9 guard from Spring, Texas; Chinwe Okorie, a 6-5 center from Nigeria who’s attending a Connecticut prep school; and Breanna Richardson, a 6-1 forward from Conyers, Ga.