Ole Miss will lose its star player and lead guard Stefan Moody following the 2015-16 season.
The Rebels hope they’ve just found his replacement.
Former Miami guard Deandre Burnett announced on Twitter Monday morning he’ll transfer to Ole Miss. Burnett, who visited the Rebels over the weekend, was instant offense off the Hurricane bench last season, where he averaged seven points and two rebounds in over 17 minutes per game.
The 6-foot-2, 195-pound Burnett will have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules. He has two years to play two following a redshirt from suffering a wrist injury before his freshman season. He’ll be eligible for action in the 2016-17 season.
Thought I was gone be a cane forever, but today I'm officially a REBEL!!!!!!!!!— Deandre Burnett (@_DREtheGREAT) May 11, 2015
Burnett scored double-digit points seven times as a redshirt freshman, including 19 points and eight rebounds in a win over Illinois in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge. He had 12 points vs. then-No. 3 Virginia. He played a vital role in leading Miami to the NIT championship game, scoring 13 points in the second round against Alabama and eight in a semifinal win over Temple.
Burnett is a former Parade All-American and four-prospect, according to Scout.com. He was third in the nation in scoring as a high school senior, averaging 37 points per game, five assists and six rebounds. He scored 45 points three times in his final prep season en route to being named the class AA Player of the Year in Florida and first team All-State.
He attended prep school at Massanutten Military Academy in Virginia. He was the team’s leading scorer at 26 points per game, and he scored 40 or more points three times, including a season-high 44 points in a win over Southern Tech. The Colonels finished the regular season 30-2 and ranked No. 1 in the country.
HOTTY TODDY!!!!!— Deandre Burnett (@_DREtheGREAT) May 11, 2015
Moody led Ole Miss to its second NCAA tournament appearance in three seasons and a 21-13 final record a year ago, finishing as the only player in the Southeastern Conference to rank in the top-10 in scoring, three-point field goals, free throws and steals.
The 5-foot-10 Moody was a two-time SEC Player of the Week, and he scored in double figures in 17 of 18 SEC games.