College basketball programs around the state expect good news today, the first day prospects can sign letters of intent.
Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss will all receive multiple letters of intent on the first day of the early signing period for all non-football sports.
The highest-ranked player expected to sign today is Piney Woods School center Dwight Coleby, who has verbally committed to Ole Miss. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Dandy Dozen center, who is ranked No. 141 nationally by Rivals.com, chose the Rebels over scholarship offers from Georgia, Memphis, Mississippi State and Southern Miss.
Coleby should immediately compete for playing time next year with Reginald Buckner and Murphy Holloway graduating.
“I think you are looking at a guy that will give you a defensive presence now,” said Dave Telep, senior national recruiting analyst for ESPN.com. “I think he will need some time to develop his offensive game, but he is a guy that can run the floor and rebound well.”
Two other players are expected to sign with Ole Miss: Sebastian Saiz and Janari Joesaar. Both are European imports and play at Sunrise Christian Academy in Kansas.
Mississippi State expects to sign four players today. Leading the way is Findlay Prep forward Fallou Ndoye, who committed to the Bulldogs on Tuesday. The 6-foot-10 three-star prospect could shore up height deficiency issues for Rick Ray’s program.
“He’s a big physical presence,” said Findlay Prep coach Todd Simon. “He’s athletic and a pretty strong rebounder. You can throw it to him in the post.”
The other three signees are: point guard I.J. Ready (Little Rock), forward Quantel Denson (Mineral Area Community College) and forward Travis Daniels (Shelton State Community College).
Southern Miss, in coach Donnie Tyndall’s first year, will sign three players today. The gem of the class is point guard Brandon Goodwin of Norcross High School in Georgia. Lanny Mixon, the publisher of BigGoldNation.com, says the true point guard has “a very high ceiling.”
The Golden Eagles will also sign guard Dondre Alexander of West High School in Iowa and forward Ude Ifeanyichukwu of Laramie County Community College.