Miss St Signs Three Top 150 Prospects

November 16th, 2006

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State men's basketball coach Rick Stansbury announced Wednesday that Ravern Johnson of Clarksdale's Coahoma County High School, Kodi Augustus from Maine Central Institute, and Elgin Bailey of Baton Rouge's Belaire High School have signed national letters of intent with the Bulldogs.

Mississippi's reigning Mr. Basketball, as accorded by The Clarion-Ledger, Johnson averaged 23.0 points and 7.1 rebounds per game a year ago as a junior in helping lead coach Isaiah Peterson's Coahoma County 2005-06 squad to a second consecutive Class 2A state championship with a school-record 35-5 overall mark and a No. 2 season-ending overall ranking. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound guard is presently rated as the nation's No. 77 recruit by Scout.com.

As a sophomore, Johnson earned honorable mention all-state honors after averaging 20.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per contest in helping pace the 2004-05 Red Panthers to a 32-5 record and the school's first state title.

Set to play his senior season at Maine Central Institute in Pittsfield, Maine, Johnson averaged 16.9 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game to earn All-District 20-5A First Team honors a year ago for coach James Bailey at Willowridge High School in Houston, Texas. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound power forward is currently ranked 114th nationally and seventh among Texas recruits by Rivals.com.

A native of Baton Rouge, La., Augustus previously competed at Tara High School before moving to Texas for the 2005-06 season. He is a cousin of former LSU All-American and current WNBA standout Seimone Augustus.

Bailey, a 6-foot-8, 255-pound center, averaged 21 points and 15 rebounds per game a year ago for coach Michael Banks at Belaire High School in Baton Rouge. Despite missing half of his junior campaign due to a transfer ruling, Bailey earned 2005-06 All-District 6-4A First Team accolades and was named one of the district's best defensive players.

Having previously starred at Baton Rouge's Glen Oaks Senior High School prior to transferring to Belaire in 2005, Bailey is presently rated as the nation's No. 109 senior high school prospect by Rivals.com.