By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
Quantel Denson was out before he ever arrived on Mississippi State’s campus.
Men’s basketball coach Rick Ray announced Tuesday that Denson, a junior college prospect who signed with MSU in November, has been released from his scholarship.
The reason, according to a school release, was a “failure to adhere to rules and regulations set prior to his signing back in November.”
In a statement, Ray added, “We had a zero tolerance policy with Quantel, and he failed to live up to the obligation we had outlined for him.”
Ray did not say what rule or regulation Denson violated, but the zero tolerance policy was likely due to some recent legal troubles.
Denson, a 6-foot-9 forward from Mineral Area Community College in Missouri, pleaded guilty in September to charges of robbery and aggravated burglary and was given three years’ probation.
While playing for Hutchinson (Kan.) Community College, Denson was arrested in April of 2011 after robbing his coach, according to the Hutchinson News.
He had made a verbal commitment to play to Missouri prior to the arrest.
Denson is averaging 13.7 points and 5.4 rebounds in nine games this season for Mineral Area. He was part of a four-man MSU fall signing class, which included juco forward Travis Daniels, prep school center Fallou Ndoye and high school point guard I.J. Ready.