Ole Miss Basketball Announces The Signing Of Kendrick Fox

May 24, 2001

OXFORD, Miss. - Kendrick Fox, a 6-foot-7, 195-pound forward from Oxford, 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.

Fox, who played his prep basketball at Lafayette High School, is the Rebels' fifth overall signee and the third for Ole Miss in the spring signing period. He joins Justin Johnson, Mario Jointer, Jonathan Loe and Chris Rhodes in the Rebels' 2001 recruiting class. Fox is the first-ever Lafayette High men's player to sign with Ole Miss.

"We're glad to have Kendrick join the Ole Miss basketball family," said Barnes, who is serving as an assistant coach for the USA World University Games team this summer. "He is a versatile performer who can play at either power forward or small forward.

"Kendrick played at Lafayette High School, where he received excellent coaching from Michael Crouther. He is a local product who has committed to staying close to home and play for our program. Kendrick is a class individual and a quality student-athlete."

Last season, Fox tore his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in October, but still played in 16 games without surgery. The Clarion-Ledger "Dandy Dozen" preseason pick averaged 15.2 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.1 blocks while hitting 39 percent from the three-point arc. Fox had ACL surgery in March after the Commodores finished their campaign. Following the 2000-01 season, Fox earned 4A All-State and All-Division accolades and was named Lafayette High's Student-Athlete of the Year in 2001.

Fox also received 4A All-State honors as a junior in 1999-2000 and All-Division recognition his freshman, sophomore and junior seasons. In the summer of 2000, Fox attended Bob Gibbons' All-Star Camp. An honor student at Lafayette High School, Fox graduated in the top 25 of his class.

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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