Freshman Thomas Cleared to Play Basketball for MSU

As expected, freshman basketball player Fred Thomas has been academically cleared by the NCAA and is enrolled at Mississippi State, the school announced this afternoon.

This now gives first-year coach Rick Ray his entire allotment of the 2012-13 roster, which includes seven signees. Thomas, who led Jackson Jim Hill to the Class 6A state crown last season, is a 6-foot-5 guard who averaged 19.9 points and 5.9 rebounds as a senior. As a junior, he averaged 20.0 points and 6.3 rebounds.

Ray said on Aug. 9 that he anticipated Thomas being fully qualified for this fall. Thomas is expected to log a lot of playing time and will likely battle for a starting job at the three spot.

MSU opens preseason practices Oct. 12. The season begins Nov. 9 at Troy.