2013 signee Travis Daniels failed to qualify academically for the fall semester but was dressed in maroon Mississippi State adidas warm-ups on the Bulldogs bench Thursday night against Florida Gulf Coast.
“He’s on the bench so he’s good to go,” said MSU head coach Rick Ray. “He’s been admitted and we’re going to get him a physical so he can start practicing with us.”
Daniels passed the one class he needed to enroll at Mississippi State and is qualified to play in the spring. He will begin practicing with the team on Dec. 28 when the team returns from the Las Vegas Classic this weekend but will be redshirt this season.
“If he was an incoming freshman I’d probably play him,” Ray said. “But I think it’s totally unfair for me to take a junior college guys who only has two years to play in the first place and only give him a year and a half. I think that’s unfair to him and I want to make sure I’m always doing right by these kids.”
The 6-foot-8, 205-pounder signed with MSU last November after leading Shelton State to the Alabama Community College Conference Championship. Daniels averaged 11.9 points and 7.2 rebounds a game as a sophomore.
Daniels also had scholarship offers from Southern Miss, Western Kentucky and Wichita State.