Men's Basketball Preseason Update: 10.25.11
Maurice Aniefiok (photo by Joey Jones)

Oct. 25, 2011

OXFORD, Miss. - With a little more than two weeks before the season opener, the Ole Miss men's basketball team has been busy preparing for the 2011-12 campaign.

An influx of newcomers has joined some key returnees in preseason practices. Returning starters Reginald Buckner, Terrance Henry and Nick Williams have been leading the way for the young newcomers.

With major losses in the backcourt due to graduation, Ole Miss will depend on the quick maturation of freshmen guards Maurice Aniefiok, Jamal Jones, Jelan Kendrick, LaDarius White and Jarvis Summers as they compete for playing time with returnees Dundrecous Nelson and Williams.

Head coach Andy Kennedy has been pleased with the progress of the freshmen.

"The new guys have been doing well so far," Kennedy said. "They are putting in the work and learning the approach they must take to be successful at this level. Jarvis, Maurice and Aaron Jones have shown that they are physically ready and will be in the mix for us when we start the season."

Kendrick, Ole Miss' first McDonald's High School All-American, will be eligible to play following the fall semester after transferring from Memphis last December.

Ole Miss is also awaiting word from the Southeastern Conference on the immediate eligibility of junior forward Murphy Holloway, who has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season. He was the Rebels' leading rebounder as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to South Carolina last year and returning to Ole Miss this summer.

The season opener is Friday, Nov. 11 against Louisiana-Monroe. Tipoff at Tad Smith Coliseum is 6:30 p.m.

SEC Media Days On Thursday
Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy and senior forward Terrance Henry will represent the Rebels at SEC Basketball Media Day on Thursday in Hoover, Ala. Kennedy and Henry will meet with print, radio and TV media from 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. Coverage of the event will be found on SECSports.com, OleMissSports.com and via the @OleMissMBB twitter page.

Rebels Picked Seventh By Media
Ole Miss was predicted to finish seventh in the SEC in a media poll announced this week. The league went away from East and West divisions for the 2011-12 season. Kentucky was tabbed league champion, followed by Vanderbilt, Florida, Alabama, Mississippi State, Arkansas and Ole Miss. Rounding out the predictions were Georgia, LSU, Auburn, Tennessee and South Carolina.

Free Exhibition Next Thursday
The Rebels will host a free exhibition game on Thursday, Nov. 3, against North Alabama. Tipoff will be 6 p.m.

Purchase Season Tickets Today
Season tickets can be purchased online or by calling the Ole Miss Athletics Ticket Office at 662-915-7167 or toll free at 1-888-732-8587 (in state).


 

 

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