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Gainesville guard D'Marcus Simonds decommits from Mississippi State after coach's firing
Red Elephants junior committed to Bulldogs basketball program in November
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Gainesville junior guard D'Marcus Simonds has decided to reconsider his college options after Mississippi State head coach Rick Ray was fired Saturday afternoon.

Simonds, who led the Red Elephants (25-5, 12-1 Region 8-AAAAA) to a second-round appearance in the Class AAAAA playoffs this season, originally committed to the Bulldogs in November.

The junior said he was "angry," and said that he thought the school didn't give Ray enough of a chance to prove himself.
Ray was 37-60 during three years in Starkville, Miss.

"It's crazy, I was committed to them, to play for Coach Ray and his staff. The recruits he was recruiting would come this year and after that, so I don't understand why they'd release him."

Simonds said he had a close relationship with Ray, who visited the junior after games throughout the 2014-15 season.

Simonds scored 33 points in a first-round win over North Atlanta, before tallying 41 in a second-round loss to Jones County.

Before Simonds' commitment to Mississippi State, he had also courted interest from Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Missouri and Kansas State.

Prior to joining the Red Elephants ahead of his junior season, Simonds was a standout at Buford High School.

The guard said he had no timetable of when to announce a new commitment, and said he'll keep his options open. He said he had already received a call from representatives with Missouri.

"It's in the air right now," he said. "Where I feel comfortable."

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