Aniefiok chooses Ole Miss

Guard Maurice Aniefiok committed to play for Ole Miss and signed with the school Thursday morning, Aniefiok confirmed through text message to the Ole Miss Spirit.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Aniefiok, rated a three-star prospect by Scout com, was the Rebels' top priority in the month-long spring signing period. He visited Ole Miss the weekend of April 16, when he was the only official visitor on campus, and chose the Rebels over offers from Rutgers, Duquesne and James Madison.

"For me, basically, I think it's a place where my heart really wants to go," Aniefiok said, when reached by phone Thursday afternoon. "I see me becoming who I want to be. First and foremost, I prayed about it. They have very good facilities, it's a good program, a beautiful place. I just prayed about it. I just felt it in my heart, and God telling me that's where I need to be."

Ole Miss lost guards Chris Warren and Zach Graham to graduation following a 20-14 season The two combined for over 3,200 points in their careers Aniefiok, a native Nigerian, was recruited to play immediately, and possibly compete for a starting role the minute he steps foot on campus.

Maurice Aniefiok
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"(Ole Miss head) Coach (Andy) Kennedy's a nice guy," Aniefiok said after his visit earlier this month. "He's one of the great coaches they have in America We had a pretty good conversation He talked to me about how my game is, how my game is right now, where he can take my game to if I come to Ole Miss.

"He spoke to me about his style of play, how they play They run, basically, the same style of play I'm used to You push the ball, you run and all that He wants the opportunity to coach me."

Now Kennedy will be afforded that chance.

Aniefiok averaged nearly 13.7 points per game and 6.6 rebounds, while shooting 41 percent from 3 for Huntington Prep in Huntington, W. Va. The Express were ranked the No 14 team nationally by MaxPreps, with the versatile Aniefiok helping lead the team to a 24-3 overall record.

"It's not about you, but about the team," Aniefiok said in an earlier interview with the Ole Miss Spirit. "So whenever I step on a basketball court, it's not about you thinking about yourself I had a little bit of that when I first came I struggled a little bit with my game because I thought it was about me Later on I stepped up.

"It's not about how many points I score; it's about what I do to help my team win It's about going on the basketball court and playing hard, finishing strong Leave everything on the basketball court."

The addition of Aniefiok marks the fifth player signed by Ole Miss in the recruiting class of 2011 The Rebels inked four players -- Jarvis Summers, Ladarius White, Jamal Jones and Aaron Jones -- in the fall signing period in November.

"I know definitely that it's going to be a big challenge, ‘cause playing in the SEC is really competitive and all that. But I'm ready for it," Aniefiok said Thursday. "I know I'm going to work hard. I don't want Coach Kennedy to just give me minutes. I want to earn it. I know the only way I can earn it is by working hard, which I know I'm really going to do.

"I know we have a lot of really good players who's going to be coming in. I just want to be that helping hand, to give my team the support I know we need to get to where we're supposed to be."

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