Rebel Hoops Adds JUCO Forward

OXFORD, Miss. - The Ole Miss men's basketball team added another piece to its 2010-11 roster with the signing of 6-foot-9, 230-pound forward Steadman Short from Chipola College (Marianna, Fla.), head coach Andy Kennedy announced Monday.

The frontcourt addition is a rising junior with two years of eligibility left after he spent his sophomore season at Chipola and his freshman year at High Point University (High Point, N.C.).

"Steadman is a 6-9 combo forward who will fill an immediate need along our front line," Kennedy said. "His versatility is his greatest strength as he can guard multiple positions while also being able to score inside-out. We feel very fortunate to be able to sign a player of his caliber this late in the period."

A native of Simpsonville, S.C., Short averaged 13 points and eight rebounds at Chipola, which in 2009 was named the Junior College of the Decade by the Basketball Times. As a freshman at High Point, he started 23 of 28 games and posted 6.9 points and 5.6 boards per contest, while blocking 24 shots. He was tabbed the Big South Freshman of the Week after scoring 13 points with 7 rebounds at No. 23 Minnesota and posting a double-double with 17 points and 13 boards against Coastal Carolina.

Short graduated in 2008 from Hillcrest High School, where he was a two-time Class 4A All-State selection. As a junior, he was the region player of the year when he averaged 16.5 points and 9 rebounds per game.

After choosing the Rebels over Marquette and Maryland, Short becomes the fifth member of this year's signing class. He joins Demarco Cox, Isaiah Massey, Dundrecous Nelson and Donald Williams, while Ole Miss also welcomes the addition of Indiana transfer Nick Williams, who sat out the 2009-10 season due to NCAA transfer rules.

Kennedy also announced Monday that forward DeAngelo Riley is no longer with the team. Riley played in 17 games and averaged 1.5 points and 1.4 rebounds last season.
 

 

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