Ole Miss Basketball Announces Signing Of Mario Jointer Thursday

April 12, 2001

OXFORD, Miss. - Mario Jointer, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound guard from Jackson, Miss., has signed a national letter of intent to attend Ole Miss beginning in the 2001-02 academic year, Rebel head coach Rod Barnes announced Thursday.

Jointer, who played his prep basketball at Jim Hill High School, is the Rebels' third overall signee and the first for Ole Miss in the spring signing period. He joins Justin Johnson and Jonathan Loe in the Rebels' 2001 recruiting class.

"We're excited to have Mario as our first signee of the spring period," said Barnes, the 2001 Naismith National Coach of the Year. "Mario had a great senior season, but he has an even brighter future because his best basketball is ahead of him. We're glad to have him become a member of the Rebel basketball program and the Ole Miss family.

"Mario's a great athlete who has a knack for scoring, and in the future, he can be an outstanding defender. The signing of a quality player like Mario is continuing to help our program move in the right direction, and also helps solidify our backcourt for the next three to four years. We're looking forward to seeing Mario in a Rebel uniform."

Last year, Jointer averaged 19 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.1 steals for the Jim Hill Tiger basketball squad. He also hit 85 three-pointers this past season. The Tigers finished the 2000-01 campaign with a 27-7 record and advanced to the Mississippi Class 5A state tournament semifinals. Following his senior season, Jointer was named to the Clarion-Ledger All-State second team and All-Metro first team. He was also selected to play in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game this summer. As a junior in 1999-2000, Jointer earned Clarion-Ledger All-Metro honors.

The Rebels completed their most successful season in school history in 2000-01 with a 27-8 overall record and an 11-5 Southeastern Conference mark. Ole Miss won the SEC Western Division title, advanced to the SEC Tournament championship game and earned an NCAA Tournament berth. The Rebels advanced to the program's first NCAA Tournament "Sweet Sixteen," before falling to national runner-up Arizona in the Midwest Regional semifinals.

 

 

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