Tyree Aiming to Become Vocal Leader for Ole Miss

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Ole Miss needed a lift in the final eight minutes of Saturday's win over Mississippi State. The Rebels trailed 51-42 and were in the midst of a horrible shooting night that had them on the fast track to falling to 1-2 in the SEC.
Breein Tyree wasn't about to let that happen. The sophomore point guard poured in 16 points, all of which came in the second half and 10 in the final eight minutes of the game, providing the offensive boost the Rebels desired.
"It is always great to see shots go in," Tyree said. "I was just trying to make plays to help our team win, and that is what happened."
Tyree was explosive off of the dribble getting into the interior of the Bulldog defense and getting to the rim. His pair of contested lay-ups in the final minute helped Ole Miss salt away the game.
"I just wanted to stay in attack mode," Tyree said. "I saw Deandre doing a good job of getting downhill so I figured I could do the same."
The sophomore from Somerset, New Jersey was demonstrative with his body language on the floor. He engaged the crowd. He made plays on the defensive end that led to easy baskets while the team was struggling on offense.
"We are a defensive team," Tyree said. "We pride ourselves on locking up in practice. If shots aren't falling then we are going to step it up on the other end and try to get in transition. We stayed energetic, stayed positive and got a big win."
He was also chirping with Bulldog point guard Lamar Peters, all in competitive fun he insists. But that is part of who Tyree is. When he's good, he is exploding at the rim and playing with an edge as ferocious as the bounce in his legs.
"He's always been projected ahead of me," Tyree said. "Last year I wasn't (SEC) all-freshman team. Guys like that, he gets all the recognition, I am going for your neck. It's just competitive basketball."
Tyree has displayed a couple of things in his last two games. The first, a possible outlet for offensive production in place of a struggling Terence Davis, but also a vocal leader on a team that's spent the first two months searching for one. 
"It is also his personality," head coach Andy Kennedy said. "He has a leadership quality to him. He is chatty. He talks. When you aren't playing well, it is hard for you to be boisterous. Only coaches can do that. It is good for him to put together back-to-back good games. I need his voice out there on the floor."
He may have struggled a bit with decision-making and turning the ball over early on this year, but this version of Tyree is the one his team saw last year as he recovered from ACL surgery. This version is the point guard Kennedy needs on the floor and one that is good enough to take his team to another level.
He may be an underclassman on a veteran team, but Tyree is taking it upon himself to be the leader Kennedy had hoped would emerge.
"Coach Kennedy definitely looks for me to be a leader," Tyree said. "I am the point guard of this team. I need to be a little bit more of a vocal leader. Day-by-day I am going to try to better myself in doing that. Making those shots is definitely a huge confidence boost going into Auburn. I will be looking to do the same thing."
He's tried to take a more business-like approach to practice and in shootarounds before games. He thinks this behavior is rubbing off on his teammates and that this team could soon turn a corner. If that is to be the case, Ole Miss will need this level of production from Tyree as this team enters the meat of its SEC schedule.
"The sky is the limit," Tyree said. "I think that is the potential. I don't think anyone on our schedule is a guaranteed loss. I think we can beat any of them."

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    This is amazing with what he have done so far! Hope that he'll achieve more in the future!

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    How can you have five straight top 25 recruiting classes and look as bad as Ole Miss has this year. Easy lack of coaching fundamentals. Look at Mason at Vandy, nothing but 2 and 3 star recruits out of high school and he developers players that want to win. Hugh freeze has 3, 4 & 5 recruits and he expects them to win because of what they were in High School. Mr. Freeze you have not been teaching the fundamentals of football or winning in life. Mr. Freeze you have quit on your players because you have some false expectations of what they are instead of what you can develop in them. Either do your job or quit. Oh yea, please quit running your smoke and mirrors offense, everyone has figured it out. Run a physical offense that can open up holes for your running backs and then your pass attack want require 12 are 14 four and five star receivers. Mr. Freeze you have problems and you need to know that you are not smarter than the rest of the coaches in the SEC.

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