MSU’s Danberry granted extra year of eligibility by NCAA
Photo courtesy of MSU Athletics/Kelly Donoho

The Mississippi State women’s basketball team got some good news on Tuesday night. 

According to MSU Athletics, the NCAA has approved the waiver of graduate guard Jordan Danberry, making her immediately eligible to play in the 2019-20 season.

Danberry transferred to MSU after playing in just 6 games as a sophomore at Arkansas and made her Bulldog debut during the 2017-18 season. Since she lost a year of eligibility without redshirting, the NCAA granted a waiver returning an additional year of eligibility to Danberry for the upcoming season as she pursues her MBA. 

With a loss to Oregon in this year’s Elite Eight, the Bulldogs fell short of making it back to the National Championship Game, but head coach Vic Schaefer knows that having Danberry back for another season will help as they attempt another championship run.

“I’m really excited for Jordan and our basketball team today,” Schaefer said. “I’m appreciative of our compliance staff here for the job they did in presenting her case, and I appreciate the NCAA’s findings on this. I think it’s fair. Jordan has really only played two full seasons in her career. What she adds to this program, team and university is something really special. What a blessing it is to be able to get that fourth year and be able to play on the team we currently have. This instantly impacts our program as we continue to compete for Championships.”

Danberry started all 36 games for the Bulldogs last season and ranked third on the team in scoring with 13.1 points per game and second in assists (125) and steals (65).

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to play another year at Mississippi State while I work towards finishing my MBA,” said Danberry. “This team means a lot to me, and I’m honored and excited to get back on the court. I’d like to thank the coaches and the compliance department for helping me, as well as the NCAA for granting me another year of eligibility.”

With the loss of Teaira McCowan, Anriel Howard and Jazzmun Holmes from last year’s roster, Danberry will provide a sense of veteran leadership on a team that has no seniors.