Ole Miss Men's Basketball Signs Two National Letters Of Intent

Nov. 8, 2000

OXFORD, Miss. -- Justin Johnson, a 6-foot, 185-pound guard from Fayetteville, N.C., and Jonathan Loe, a 6-foot-3, 175-pound guard from Memphis, Tenn., have signed national letters of intent to attend Ole Miss beginning in the 2001-02 academic year, announced Rebel head coach Rod Barnes Wednesday. Johnson and Loe are the Rebels' first signees of the early signing period which began Wednesday.

Johnson will begin his third season of varsity play at Fayetteville Seventy-First High School Nov. 21. Last season, Johnson averaged 13.3 points, 3.8 assists and 4.2 assists in helping lead the Falcons to the North Carolina Class 4A state championship game. Seventy-First finished the 1999-2000 campaign with a 25-5 overall record. Johnson was named All-Mid South Conference and also earned a spot on the N.C. Class 4A Tournament All-East Regional squad. As a sophomore, Johnson was a member of the Falcon team which posted a 21-3 mark.

"Justin is a true point guard," Barnes said. "He has played a lot of AAU basketball, and has played on some great teams at Fayetteville Seventy-First. Justin has also played for a great coach in Coach (Bernie) Poole, who has sent several of his players to major colleges. Coach Poole has prepared Justin to play in the SEC.

"Justin comes from a great family. We're fortunate to have him come and be a part of our family here at Ole Miss. He is a player who can make an immediate impact for us next season."

Loe, who will play at Bartlett High School in 2000-01, was a member of the Memphis Home Education Association (MHEA) Eagle team last year. Loe averaged 20.7 points, 10.4 boards, 5.3 assists and 3.6 steals while guiding the Eagles to a 37-3 overall record in 1999-2000. The Eagles finished third in the National Christian High School Athletic Association (NCHSAA) Tournament last year. In 1998-99, Loe helped lead the Eagles to a 39-2 record and a second-place finish at the NCHSAA Tournament. Loe was named to the NCHSAA All-Tournament Team both years.

This summer, Loe participated in the adidas ABCD camp and averaged 9.9 points and shot 50 percent from the field. At the camp, Loe received a higher player ranking than Eddie Curry, who many recruiting experts have rated as the top senior in the nation.

"Jonathan has the chance to be a really special player. His best basketball is ahead of him," said Barnes. "Before last summer, Jonathan played home-school basketball, but during the summer, he got the opportunity to play against some of the nation's top players and proved that he is among those elite players in the country. This year, Jonathan will play at Bartlett High School for Hubie Smith, who is a well-respected coach in Memphis and across the country.

"Both of these young men come from Christian families, and both are strong academically. By signing Justin and Jonathan, we have secured our backcourt for the coming years."

The Rebels will play their second exhibition game versus Christian Brothers Saturday, Nov. 11 at 1:00 p.m. (CT) at Tad Smith Coliseum. Ole Miss will open regular-season play Nov. 18 versus Arkansas-Pine Bluff at Tad Smith Coliseum. Game time for the season opener is 12:00 p.m. (CT).

2000 Ole Miss Men's Basketball Signees

NamePos.Ht.Wt.HometownHigh School
Justin JohnsonG6-0185Fayetteville, N.C.Fayetteville Seventy-First HS
Jonathan LoeG6-3175Memphis, Tenn.Bartlett HS

 

 

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