Blog – Dunlap transferring, MSU adds Holman

Holman

Holman

Mississippi State guard Maurice Dunlap is transferring, an MSU official confirmed.

Bulldawgs 247 first reported the news on Thursday afternoon.

This came after the Bulldogs signed 4-star power forward Aric Holman. Holman, who hails from Owensboro, Ky., previously announced he would reclassify to 2016 and attend prep school for a year. He changed his mind and decided to sign with the Bulldogs.

The 6-foot-9 Holman helped the Owensboro Red Devils to the state title this past season. He was also a finalist for Mr. Basketball in the state of Kentucky.

Holman also had offers from South Carolina, VCU, Auburn, Kansas State, Memphis, Oklahoma State and Xavier among others.

“We’re so excited about him,” first-year MSU head coach Ben Howland said. “I think he is a tremendous talent. Probably his greatest attribute is his ability to pass. He is an excellent passer. He really has a chance to help us right away. He has a very, very high basketball IQ and he’s a great kid on top of it all. He’s everything you want in a recruit.”

Howland has now signed two players since taking over this past March. His first was 5-star prospect Malik Newman from Callaway High School.

Along with Holman and Newman, the Bulldogs bring in shooting guard Quinndary Weatherspoon and power forward Joseph Strugg in this year’s signing class. Both signed when Rick Ray was in charge of the program.

“This is a big deal for us. This really solidifies some things up front. We’re very pleased,” Howland said.

Dunlap played in only seven games as a true freshman. He averaged just 2.9 points a game. It is unclear where he will transfer.

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