Second Time Around

Ole Miss will lose its leading scorer, Marshall Henderson, following the 2013-14 season. A possible replacement is visiting campus this weekend.

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The Rebels are hosting Chipola (Fla.) Junior College shooting guard Torian Graham, a former four-star prospect, according to, who holds offers from, among others, Ole Miss, Memphis and Arizona State. He'll visit all three schools.

The 6-foot-4 Graham committed to North Carolina State out of high school, but failed to meet NCAA initial qualifying requirements in 2011. He said he's better suited to handle the recruiting process the second time around.

"I'm more mature," he said. "I know more of what to look for. The coaching staff is important for me.

"I'm just trying to put myself in a good situation. This is my second decision. This is pretty much the most important decision I've made in my life thus far. I'm looking for the kind of program that's going to make me feel like I'm at home."

Ole Miss won 27 games last season en route to its first NCAA tournament appearance since 2002. The Rebels, a No. 12 seed, defeated No. 5 seed Wisconsin before falling to La Salle in the second round.

Ole Miss was first in the SEC in scoring offense last season at 76.3 points per game, which isn't lost on Graham.

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"They get in and out of transition," he said. "They're a running team and they're in the SEC. They've got a good chance of going to the (NCAA) tournament. And I'd have a good opportunity to play early. Basically, they don't want me to come in and replace Marshall Henderson. They want me to come in and be me and play my game."

Graham appeared in 17 games last season, 10 starts, for Chipola, averaging 7.2 points. He shot 34 percent from the field and 19.7 percent from 3, while also grabbing 3.2 rebounds.

"If you like athleticism, ability to score anywhere from the 3-point line in, a player who plays above the rim, who defends the ball and gets the loose ball, you're not going to find anyone better," his former head coach at Word of God, Carrboro Pace (N.C.) Academy, Quentin Jackson, said.

"He was a top-30 coming out of high school. Now he gets two years at a big-time junior college program. I think he's going to be head and shoulders ahead of these kids coming out of high school."

Graham, who hopes to sign in the early signing period in November, is ranked the No. 4 junior college player in the country by

"When I had Torian, he was probably one of the top players in the country," Jackson said. "He defended the ball, he shot the ball well, he had good energy and really had command of his game and had a presence on the court.

"He's a coach's type player. When the ball goes up in the air, it's like nothing else matters. Very focused. Very determined. And he plays to win as a team member, not just as an individual. I had a ball coaching Torian Graham; that's why we're still so close to this day."

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