7-foot center will have four to play three

The Rebels are looking to add Drake transfer Dominik Olejniczak to their roster. The 7-foot center arrived on the campus today.

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Olejniczak appeared to be a key building block in Drake’s rebuilding process. He emerged as a starter late in his freshman season, averaging 10.3 points over his final nine games. Olejniczak made 72.2 percent of his shots (83 of 115) through 30 games overall. On April 5th that all came to an end when he informed head coach Giacoletti that he was transferring.

"No, we didn’t want him to transfer,” Giacoletti said to the Des Moines Register. “We tried everything we could. If you look at what’s going on around the country (with transfers),” Bulldogs coach Ray Giacoletti said, “it’s out of control. There's over 300 transfers this year and 80% of them come from mid major conferences. Everybody is trying to get into the power five conferences.”

Dominik is thought of as a hopeful replacement for Ole Miss rising senior Sebastian Saiz. Olejniczak will have to take a redshirt in the 2016/2017 season and will have three years of eligibility left. That's perfect timing for the Rebels.

The 7-foot, 250 pound center is originally from Torun, Poland. He signed with Drake last spring and really came on at the end of his freshman season. He averaged 11.6 points and 6 rebounds in his last eight games and came on even more by tourney time as he averaged 16 points and 7.6 rebounds in the last three games.

Dominik is a very big 250 pounder that loves to bang with his back to the basket. This is a area of need for the Rebels' guard oriented team. His redshirt season will be used to develop and expand his game. He is thought of as a future NBA prospect.

Olejniczak visited Colorado last weekend. He has stated that he will round his officials with Florida, Florida State and California. His parents now live in Chicago, ILL.

Ole Miss landed New Mexico's starting point guard, Cullen Neal, earlier in April. They signed five players in the fall. They are expected to add one to two more players in the spring signing period.


Yancy Porter is the recruiting analyst for the Ole Miss Spirit and he can be reached at yporter@scout.com

 


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