And then they were three. Monday, Mississippi State’s sophomore wing Andersson Garcia announced that he was entering the transfer portal. Garcia still has three years of college eligibility.
In doing so, the Dominican Republic native is the eighth Mississippi State player to be traded since the end of the 2021-22 campaign. So obviously, new head coach Chris Jan and his staff remain busy trying to fill those voids and as of this writing, the Bulldogs have six open spots on the 2022-23 roster.
For now, the only three players remaining on the 2021-22 roster include the center Tolu Smithstriker Cameron Matthews and striker Ke Shawn Murphywho wore the red shirt last season. Garrison Brooks exhausted its final season of eligibility last year as Iverson Molinar participated in the 2022 NBA draft. Molinar is not expected to return to Mississippi State, according to multiple sources, although he has yet to sign with an agent in order to maintain college eligibility.
In order to be eligible next season, players must enter the transfer portal before May 1.
Garcia played 33 games last season and started the last three games of the season. In his first career start, Garcia had 14 points, six rebounds and four assists in Mississippi State’s SEC Tournament victory over South Carolina. Through the first 30 games, Garcia was one of the Bulldogs’ best bench players and often gave Mississippi State a much-needed boost at both ends of the court.
For the season, Garcia averaged 4.3 points and 4.2 rebounds while averaging 14.7 minutes per game. He shot 54% from the field, including 5 of 16 from 3-point range, and shot 58% from the foul line. Garcia also ranked fourth on the team with 37 interceptions.
Last week, Mississippi State Guardsmen Shakeel Moore and Rocket Watts enter the transfer portal. Also this month, DJ Jeffries, Alden Applewhite, Derek Fountain, Javian Davis and Camryn Carter announced their intention to transfer.
So far, Davis (UAB), Carter (Kansas State) and Fountain (LSU) have found places in the Division 1 ranks.
On the other side of the transfer portal, the Bulldogs added the Oregon State transfer point guard Dashawn Davis and New Mexico State Transfer Center William McNair Jr. Earlier this month, Davis was officially announced by the university while McNair’s official announcement is expected to take place this week. Davis and McNair plan to sign up for Mississippi State in June for the first summer session.
At the high school level, the Bulldogs have a pair of 2022 signers in the four-star wing 247Sports Kimani Hamilton and keeps three stars 247Sports Martavious Russel. Hamilton officially signed with the Bulldogs last November while Russell officially signed earlier in April during the spring signing period.
The remaining priorities in the transfer gate for the Bulldogs include adding several backcourt players as well as one or two more frontcourt players. Among the main targets mentioned in the backcourt are transfers Marrez McBride (North Texas), Xavier Pinson (LSU), Caleb Asberry (State of Texas) and Tyree Appleby (Florida).