Moody a Rebel

Former FAU guard Stefan Moody committed to Ole Miss on Thursday, following a visit to the school last weekend.

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Ole Miss is set to lose top scorer Marshall Henderson following the 2013-14 season.

The Rebels hope they've found a capable replacement in Florida Atlantic transfer Stefan Moody.

Moody, who averaged 15.7 points, four rebounds and two assists per game as a true freshman at FAU last season, committed to Ole Miss and head coach Andy Kennedy on Thursday afternoon. Moody visited Oxford last weekend.

The 5-foot-9, 170-pound Moody left FAU in July due to academic issues, according to the Florida Sun Sentinel. He transferred to Kilgore Community College.

"He's a very versatile guard, very athletic, with an ability to make an immediate impact from the 3-point line, off the bounce and he can finish in traffic," Kilgore Community College head coach Brian Hoberecht said.

"Andy was really impressed with him. He felt Stef could come in and make an impact next year, and Stef was excited about that."

Henderson was suspended July 10 for a violation of team rules. However, he is only expected to miss a handful of games. When he returns to the court, Ole Miss will regain the Southeastern Conference leader in scoring from a year ago, but also its lone senior.

Stefan Moody

Enter Moody.

Still, Hoberecht said while Henderson and Moody are similar players, there are differences.

"They're similar, but not the same," he said. "Neither scores the ball like the other. But what Stef will be able to give Ole Miss is a lead guard who is difficult to defend and will play with great passion. He's got a really great demeanor on and off the court. He knows how to carry himself."

Moody made 53 3s last season, shooting 35.4 percent from the beyond the arc. He was good on 81.5 percent of his free-throw attempts, and he led the Owls in assists. In his final two games at FAU, he scored 28 and 29 points, respectively, and was named second team All-Sun Belt.

But it's off the court where Hoberecht said Moody has made his greatest strides.

"He's really become a leader for us," he said. "The people of Ole Miss will fall in love with him because of his passion."

Moody played his high school basketball at Poinciana High School in Kissimmee, Fla., where he scored 27.9 points per game while helping Poinciana to a 20-10 season. He was named to the Florida Class 7A all-state team. He was the first Parade All-American in school history.

He sports a 44-inch vertical leap.

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