Ole Miss lands Kendrick

Ole Miss landed its first McDonald's All-American in the history of the program Thursday. Jelan Kendrick, a former five-star recruit who signed with Memphis out of high school, will transfer to Ole Miss in January, when he can begin practicing with the team.

Head coach Andy Kennedy announced Kendrick's transfer Thursday via an official school press release.

Due to NCAA transfer rules, the 6-foot-6, 200-pound Kendrick will be eligible to play in 2011, but will have to sit out until the conclusion of final exams in the Fall semester, meaning his first game will likely be close to conference play.

"We are pleased to announce that Jelan Kendrick has joined our program," Kennedy said in the release.

Jelan Kendrick

"Jelan is a very talented young man that was looking for an opportunity to start anew. His talent has never been questioned with versatility being his greatest strength. After visiting with him and his family, we are excited about his future as an Ole Miss Rebel."

Kendrick, a versatile guard, was rated the No. 20 prospect in the country by Scout.com out of Wheeler High School in Marietta, Ga.

Also a Parade All-American, Kendrick held offers from a laundry list of schools, including, among others, Memphis, Alabama, Georgetown, Georgia Tech and UCLA.

Kendrick signed with Memphis out of high school, but left the program in November without having played in a game.

He averaged 19.6 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.5 assists and helped Wheeler to the Sweet 16 of the Georgia state tournament. He played for Westlake High School in Atlanta as a junior – a team he helped lead to the state semifinals.

According to Jason Smith of the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Memphis head coach Josh Pastner and Kendrick agreed "it was time for Kendrick, one of the key pieces of a 2010 Tigers recruiting class that garnered national attention, to leave the program" in November.

"Coach and I met and we were like at a crossroads. So we talked. It was a short and respectful conversation and we agreed that it would probably be best that we parted ways," Kendrick told the Commercial Appeal.

According to a source close to the situation, Kendrick decided between Ole Miss and West Virginia for his transfer. With the losses of seniors Chris Warren and Zach Graham after the current season, along with an open scholarship, Kendrick is an ideal fit, according to the source.

Ole Miss views Kendrick as a multi-dimensional guard.

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