Bulldogs Add Late Signee

Just when you thought MSU men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury and his staff are done, they pull an All-American out of the hat in the late signing period.

Jacquiese Holcombe was an All-American out of high school, but he found his division one options somewhat limited. The talented wing elected to turn down a handful of four year colleges and re-enter the recruiting pool a year or two later.

"I had some offers out of high school, but they weren't the type of offers I was looking for," said Holcombe in his first public comments since signing with the Bulldogs. "I talked with my high school coach and he told me that maybe I should think about going to junior college for a year or two. I committed to Georgia Perimeter. It worked out for me because I got bigger and better as a player."

Holcombe, who redshirted a year in addition to playing two, will have two years to play two when he joins the MSU men's team later this year.

"Mississippi State is the opportunity of a lifetime for me," explained the gregarious Holcombe. "It's a chance to play in the SEC and a chance to win big. I really like Coach a lot too. I like Coach Phil Cunningham, Coach Marcus (Grant), Coach (Robert) Kirby and Coach Stansbury. I like the whole staff."

Jacquiese will look to come in and compete for minutes on the wing. Holcombe is prepared to help his new team in any way he can.

"I expect to win," said the College Park, Georgia native. "I want to go in and play and help the team. I am real excited about everything. We are shooting to get there in July for the second half of summer school."

Holcombe picked the Bulldogs over offers from Binghamton, Murray State, Seton Hall, UAB, TCU, Texas Southern and Western Kentucky. An official visit to Starkville earlier this week brought the two sides to a final decision.

"I actually committed a few days ago, but I took my official visit there this week," said Jacquiese. "I just love the town and the campus. It's like everything was manicured. Everything is just so nice. It's beautiful. The players and all of the people there were really nice and caring. Brian Johnson was my host and he was real nice. I am really looking forward to playing there."

The 2nd team Junior College All-American signed his national letter of intent on Friday. Jacquiese averaged 13.4 points and 7.4 rebounds per game this past season. He joins Dee Bost, Romero Osby and Twany Beckham as the MSU signing class of 2008.

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