Ole Miss Basketball Announces Signing Of Todd Abernethy

April 28, 2003

OXFORD, Miss. - Todd Abernethy, a 6-foot-1, 190-pound guard from Carmel, Ind., has signed a national letter of intent to attend Ole Miss beginning in the fall of 2003, Rebel head coach Rod Barnes announced Monday.

Abernethy is the third signee for the Rebels in the late signing period, which began April 16 and runs through May 15. Abernethy joins Byron Burnett, Bam Doyne, Ed Glass and Marvin Moore as members of Ole Miss' 2003 signing class. Burnett and Doyne signed with the Rebels during the early signing period in November, while Glass and Moore inked with Ole Miss in the spring signing period.

"Todd is such a great Christian kid, and he has grown up in a basketball home," said head coach Rod Barnes. "Todd will bring immediate help to our point guard position. He is a player who is well respected throughout the state of Indiana, and we are fortunate to have gone into Indiana and signed not only an outstanding student-athlete, but also a tremendous individual.

"To land a player of Todd's caliber at this time in the signing period is a big plus for our program. Everything that Todd brings to our program is a positive. He brings a lot of maturity to the floor, having been taught the game by his high school coach, Cary Chandler, and his father, Tom. Todd's future is bright, and we're excited he decided to come to Ole Miss."

Abernethy averaged 28.1 points, 7.2 rebounds and 5.7 assists during his senior campaign (2002-03) at Heritage Christian High School in Indianapolis. He earned Associated Press All-State second team and Coaches All-State first team honors following his senior season. Abernethy also was named the city's co-Player of the Year in Indianapolis this past year. An Indianapolis Star Super Team pick, Abernethy was selected to the North-South and City-County All-Star squads. His high school team finished 2002-03 with a 14-8 record.

As a junior in 2001-02, Abernethy averaged 28.3 points per game. His scoring averages (28.1 as a senior, 28.3 as a junior) were among the top five in the state of Indiana the last two seasons.

Todd is the son of Tom Abernethy, who played on the 1976 Indiana University team that posted a 32-0 record and won the NCAA title. Tom went on to a professional career in the NBA.

The Rebels completed the 2002-03 campaign with a 14-15 overall mark.

2003 Ole Miss Men's Basketball Signees

Todd Abernethy G 6-1 190 Carmel, Ind./Heritage Christian HS
Byron Burnett F 6-9 250 Anniston, Ala./Southern Union St. (Ala.) CC
Bam Doyne G 6-4 170 Little Rock, Ark./Mills Univ. Studies HS
Ed Glass G 6-2 200 St. Louis, Mo./Jennings HS/Kaskaskia (Ill.) CC
Marvin Moore F 6-6 220 Birmingham, Ala./Wenonah HS/Southern Union St. (Ala.) CC

 

 

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