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Memphis, Tenn., forward Marcanvis Hymon had options. He could have gone anywhere.


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Ole Miss, Mississippi State, Arkansas, Tennessee, Auburn and others. He had his pick. But in the end, when the 6-foot-7, 195-pound Hymon committed to Ole Miss on Tuesday, his comfort level with the town he once called home, Oxford, Miss., won out.

Hymon grew up in Oxford, later moving to Memphis, where he became a standout basketball player for Whitehaven High School. He still has lots of family in the area, including his grandparents.

By committing to Ole Miss, he is not only embarking on the next phase of his basketball career. He's going home.

"It was a really good fit to come back," he said. "I'm looking to do something real good and give back to Oxford, where I come from. It's good to get back home. I feel comfortable with the coaches, and I've just built a good relationship with them."

Ole Miss assistant coach Al Pinkins played a major role in the Rebels landing Hymon, a three-star prospect whose offer sheet ranged from the Southeastern Conference to the Big East and Big 12.

The race to land Hymon came down to an in-state battle between Ole Miss and Mississippi State. Oxford, he said, kept calling.


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"Mississippi State went at me real hard," Hymon said. "We had a good relationship, me and Coach (Wes) Flanigan. It really came down to them two. Ole Miss was just somewhere I was more comfortable at. I'm from Oxford, so it kind of played a big role."

Hymon, should he hold firm in his commitment and sign in November, would be the latest addition to a revamped Ole Miss front court looking to replace the production lost with the departures of seniors Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner.

"They plan to use me more as a face-up four," Hymon said. "That's like a strong forward, no power forward or big forward. They feel like I can make a great impact - that I can put the ball on the floor, I can break it down, I can shoot it and create off the dribble."

The Rebels, who are coming off a 27-9 season, including the program's first NCAA tournament appearance in a decade, signed four players in the recruiting class of 2013.

Among the signees were forwards Dwight Coleby of Piney Woods, Miss., and Sebastian Saiz. Saiz impressed in the recently-concluded FIBA U-19 World Championship Tournament in Prague. He averaged upwards of nine points and nine rebounds in 20 minutes per game for Spain.

Ole Miss returns veterans Aaron Jones and Demarco Cox, both of whom are coming off season-ending leg injuries. Jones, a junior, suffered a torn ACL last season, while Cox was sidelined with a stress fracture in his foot.

Holloway and Buckner ended their respective careers as two of the most accomplished players in Ole Miss history - Holloway as Ole Miss' all-time leading rebounder, as well as the 21st player in SEC history with at least 1,400 points and 1,000 rebounds, and Buckner as Ole Miss' all-time leader in blocked shots.

"I feel like they're going to have the spotlight on them," Hymon said of Ole Miss entering the 2013-14 season. "They're going to be the main team in the SEC right now in the preseason. I feel like they're going to be a good team this year also. Marshall Henderson's back, they've got some good bigs coming in and the other players that are still there. They should be pretty good and make a run."


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