Former Madison Central standout Xavian Stapleton is returning to his native state.

Stapleton announced Sunday that he would be transferring to Mississippi State after spending his freshman season at Louisiana Tech.

The 6-foot-6, 190-pound small forward will enroll this week but will have to sit out the 2015-16 season due to NCAA transfer rules. Stapleton will have three years of eligibility remaining.

Stapleton committed following an official visit to Starkville over the weekend. He also visited Alabama and Iowa State.

Stapleton appeared in 36 games and made one start last season, earning C-USA Freshman of the Week once. He averaged 6.7 points and 2.1 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game and was second on the team with 23 blocks.

nSEC takeover: That school-by-school “takeover” of the SEC Network hits Mississippi State on Monday and Ole Miss on Wednesday.

MSU’s day begia at 11 p.m. Sunday with the 1999 Egg Bowl. Other highlights include a 10 a.m. special on “The Rise to No. 1” and highlights of three football games from last season (LSU, 11 a.m.), Texas A&M (1 p.m.) and Auburn (3 p.m.).

The Ole Miss programming schedule will be finalized on today but will include a marathon of “The Season,” a game-by-game review of the 2014 season.

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