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Mississippi State Picks Up Fourth Offseason Transfer in Albany’s Jamel Horton

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Former Albany standout Jamel Horton announced this afternoon via his Twitter that after two seasons with the Great Danes, he’ll be transferring to the SEC to join Mississippi State in a restructured Bulldog backcourt for the 2022-23 season.

A 6-foot-4 guard, Horton averaged 12.8 PPG, 3.4 RPG, and 3.9 APG in 30 starts last year as he was crowned the 2021-22 AEC Defensive Player of the Year and earned 2021-22 All-AEC honors while adding 1.1 STPG on the conference’s leading defense. 

Prior to playing at Albany, Pratt Community College of Kansas is where Horton started his collegiate career averaging 17.3 PPG, 5.8 RPG, and 4.6 APG in his sophomore season garnering a selection to the All-KJCCC First-Team as the conference’s fifth-leading scorer.

Working his way up from the Community College level to a Power-5 conference team, Horton joins an offseason transfer class for first-year Mississippi State head coach Chris Jans which now consist of three very exciting guard prospects in Southeast Missouri State transfer Eric Reed, former Oregon State standout Dashawn Davis, and most recently Horton. 

While playing time will be shuffled around between the trio and could be difficult to come by, Horton will be the veteran presence within Jans’ backcourt for next season and should maintain ball-handling duties for the Bulldogs as well as provide an all-around scorer and aggressive defense presence.

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