MSU's Steele decides to end injury-filled career
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Jalen Steele's injury-riddled career at Mississippi State is over.
The school announced Tuesday that Steele has "decided not to play his senior season and will instead focus on graduating in the spring."
The 6-foot-3 guard from Knoxville, Tenn., averaged eight points and two rebounds over 72 career games. He was especially effective from 3-point range, but continually fought injuries, including two torn ACLs and a broken wrist over a three-year span.
Mississippi State coach Rick Ray said in a statement that Steele has "battled through a lot of adversity, and it's important we do everything we can to support and help him earn his degree from Mississippi State."
The Bulldogs open the season on Nov. 8 against Prairie View A&M in Starkville.