Ole Miss Basketball Announces Signing of Trey Pearson

April 10, 2002

OXFORD, Miss. - Trey Pearson, a 6-foot-4, 165-pound guard from South Fulton, Tenn., has signed a national letter of intent to attend Ole Miss beginning in the 2002-03 academic year, announced Rebel head coach Rod Barnes Wednesday. Pearson is the first signee of the spring signing period for Ole Miss.

"We're excited about Trey signing with our program," Barnes said. "He's a talented young man who can play at either guard position. We feel he can come in and immediately contribute. Trey is athletic and understands the game of basketball. He is solid in every phase of the game. Trey's game shows that Coach (Bryant) Driver at South Fulton has coached him well and taught him the fundamentals.

"The best quality about Trey's game is his unselfishness. He wants to win, and is always looking to put the team first. We're thrilled that Trey has chosen to be a part of the Ole Miss basketball family."

Named Tennessee's Class A Mr. Basketball for 2001-02, Pearson scored a game-high 30 points in the Coca-Cola Tennessee-Georgia High School All-Star Game, which was played in Chattanooga, Tenn., Mar. 24. Pearson also had four rebounds, four assists and five steals in the 108-100 setback to the Georgia All-Stars.

Pearson, a four-year starter at South Fulton High School, averaged 29.5 points, 10.1 rebounds, 5.6 steals and 5.1 assists as a senior. He netted over 40 points four times this past year, and shot 75 percent from the free throw line and 36.8 percent from the three-point arc. South Fulton High finished the 2001-02 campaign with a 24-6 record.

A three-time Tennessee All-State pick, Pearson led South Fulton to a 99-20 record in his four years on the varsity squad. He finished his career with 2,485 career points for a scoring average of 20.9 points. Pearson guided the Red Devils to the Tennessee Class A title as a sophomore in 2000, and then led his team to the Tennessee state semifinals in 2001. In the 2001 Class A semifinal loss to Ezell Harding, Pearson set Tennessee state tournament records for points in a game (50) and in one quarter (23).

Pearson joins Lonnie Jackson and Greg Johnson as members of the 2001-02 Rebel signing class.

Ole Miss finished the 2001-02 season with a 20-11 overall record and a 9-7 Southeastern Conference mark. The Rebels also earned a bid to the NCAA Tournament. The winning campaign and postseason tournament berth was Ole Miss' sixth straight.

2001-02 Ole Miss Basketball Signees

Lonnie Jackson 6-8 190 F Montgomery, Ala./Okaloosa-Walton C.C.

Greg Johnson 6-7 200 G/F Phenix City, Ala./Southern Union State C.C.

Trey Pearson 6-4 165 G South Fulton, Tenn./South Fulton HS

 

 

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