5* Forward Reggie Perry highlights eventful day for Mississippi State:
The news broke around 11:00 that Reggie Perry, 5* forward from Thomasville, Georgia, had committed to Mississippi State. Perry, who is a legacy at State, had the Bulldogs near the top of his list of programs before he committed to Arkansas. However, earlier this month Perry decommitted from Arkansas, and the general consensus was that Mississippi State was the frontrunner for the talented forward. Perry is also the second-highest rated player that Ben Howland has signed since arriving at Mississippi State behind Malik Newman, who is now at Kansas. Perry committed to Mississippi State this morning via a Youtube Video and is rated as the 15th-best player in the nation for the 2018 class.
Mississippi State announces Home and Home series with Dayton:
First reported by Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports, Mississippi State and Dayton have agreed to a home-and-home series in men’s basketball beginning this upcoming season. The first game of the series will take place in Starkville, with the Bulldogs making a return trip to Dayton, Ohio, during the 2018-2019 season. Dayton had been under the guidance of Head Coach Archie Miller, who led the Flyers to four NCAA Tournaments out of the six years, including an Elite Eight appearance in 2014. However, Miller left Dayton to become the head coach at Indiana, replacing Tom Crean. Insert former Alabama head coach Anthony Grant, who was fired by the Crimson Tide in 2015. Grant spent two seasons as an assistant for the Oklahoma City Thunder before taking over at Dayton in the off-season. This game should help improve Mississippi State’s recent RPI troubles by adding a legitimate mid-major power who has not missed an NCAA Tournament in four years. In addition to Dayton, Mississippi State announced earlier this summer that they would enter a home-and-home series with another Ohio powerhouse, Cincinnati, with Mississippi State playing away from home in 2017, and the Bearcats coming to Starkville in 2018.