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Mississippi State star Rickea Jackson enters transfer portal

Rickea Jackson leads the SEC with 20.3 points per game this season. (Photo by Kevin Light/Getty Images)

Mississippi State women’s basketball star forward Rickea Jackson announced Monday that she intends to enter the transfer portal.

“First and foremost, I would like to say that my time in Starkville has been absolutely amazing,” the junior wrote on Instagram. “It was always a dream to play in the SEC, and Hail State gave me that incredible opportunity.

“I have grown so much as an individual and as a basketball player over the past 3 years. Starkville became home and I will always be part of the Mississippi State family. With that being said, I have decided to enter my name into the transfer portal and find a new place to call home. Thanks to everyone who has supported me along the way.”

Jackson is the Bulldogs’ top scorer, averaging 20.3 points and 6.8 rebounds per game through 15 games on the season. Those 20.3 points per game currently leads the SEC.

The Bulldogs are currently on a three game skid and, according to The Clarion-Ledger, the losses have led to tension between several players on the team, including Jackson.

Mississippi State has gone through three different coaches since Jackson arrived in Starkville. Coach Nikki McCray-Penson, who replaced Vic Schaefer, stepped down prior to the season and was replaced by Doug Novak in the interim.

Caryn Jackson, Rickea’s mother, said in a text to the Clarion Ledger that “she just wants out for mental health reasons.”

Jackson was recently named to the midseason watchlist for the Wooden Award, given to the top player in college basketball.