G.W. Carver-Mississippi State basketball pipeline still flows: Houston latest Wolverine to commit to Bulldogs

G.W. Carver-Mississippi State basketball pipeline still flows: Houston latest Wolverine to commit to Bulldogs

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G.W. Carver-Mississippi State basketball pipeline still flows: Houston latest Wolverine to commit to Bulldogs

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G.W. Carver basketball star Demetrius Houston has said he will sign with Mississippi State this fall, continuing a Wolverines-to-Bulldogs pipeline.

He’s the fourth Carver player to commit to MSU in the last two years.

“It seems like that’s what we’re trying to do,” Houston said. “It’s kind of crazy.”

Roquez Johnson signed with MSU in 2011, and Craig “Chicken” Sword was a freshman for the Bulldogs last season. Carver rising junior Joseph Scruggs also verbally committed this summer.

“We have another one of our guys going to Mississippi State,” Carver coach James “J.J.” Jackson said. “There must be something good going on over there.

“Your best recruiters are your players and our kids, when they come home, talk about how happy they are there.”

Houston, a 6-foot-7 forward who will be a senior this fall, was honorable mention Class 6A All-State last year. He averaged 11 points and almost seven rebounds for the Wolverines, who reached the state semifinals for a fourth straight season.

Houston, who made his commitment public Monday, said he feels there will be added pressure on him now. Getting his college decision out of the way won’t lessen that.

“Everybody will expect a lot more out of me now,” Houston said. “I have high expectations, too.”

Houston said he’s developed a “great relationship” with MSU coaches and has favored the Bulldogs since coach Rick Ray made a home visit this spring.

He also has been working on his biggest on-court deficiency, he and Carver coaches said. Houston has been taking 100-200 outside shots per day.

“And it’s paying off a lot,” Houston said. “I’m more comfortable with it.”

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