Ole Miss has visited the NIT four of the past five seasons, but has not made the NCAA Tournament in Andy Kennedy’s tenure in Oxford. The Rebels will have to replace Chris Warren, who finished his Ole Miss career as the school leader in three-pointers and the third-leading scorer in school history. Ole Miss also will need to improve on the defensive end, as the Rebels ranked near the bottom of the league in scoring defense. They’ll get a boost there with the return of 6-7 Murphy Holloway who spent last season as a transfer at USC. The backcourt will get a boost from McDonald’s All-American Jelan Kendrick. The post will be anchored by Reginald Buckner, who enters the season in second place on the school’s blocked shot list. Ole Miss was the top free-throw shooting team in the conference last year, at just over 75%. If they can get production from the newcomers, the Rebels could be dancing for the first time since 2002.
PG: Dundrecous Nelson (Sophomore, 5’11”, 7.2 PPG)
SG: Ladarius White (Freshman, 6’4”, 24.5 PPG) * HS Stats
SF: Nick Williams (Junior, 6’4”, 6.2 PPG)
PF: Terrance Henry (Senior, 6’10”, 9.7 PPG)
C: Reginald Buckner (Junior, 6’9”, 6.8 PPG)
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