Johnson Officially a Bulldog; Is Another Signee Coming?

Roquez Johnson is now officially a member of Mississippi State’s 2011 basketball signing class. Johnson, who committed three weeks ago, signed a letter of intent this morning on the first day of the spring signing period.

Johnson, a 6-foot-7 forward, averaged 16.0 points, 13.2 rebounds, 5.1 assists, 4.0 blocks and 3.1 steals last season for Montgomery (Ala.) Carver. He wasn’t highly recruited, with his other offers coming from Missouri, Missouri State and Murray State.

The addition of Johnson brings this class to four, the others being fall signees D.J. Gardner (Okolona), Rodney Hood (Meridian) and Deville Smith (Jackson Callaway). So as of now, MSU will have 12 players on scholarship for next season, meaning there is room for one more addition. But I’m told that coach Rick Stansbury might just sit on a dozen.

How would that affect next year’s class? Let’s take a look.

MSU will for sure lose two scholarship players after next season, seniors Dee Bost and Brian Bryant, which would mean MSU could sign three players in 2012. It would not be at all surprising, however, to see Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrie leave early, assuming their seasons go well. Suddenly State would have five open spots.

I doubt any of the freshmen will skip out after a year, but you never know. I couldn’t tell you the reason behind not signing another player, unless it’s simply because Stansbury doesn’t see anyone out there worth signing this late in the game. We’ll know for sure by May 18, which is when the spring signing period ends.

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