Rebs get huge hoops transfer

6-5 Point Guard Justin Cerasoli will transfer to Ole Miss from Seton Hall. The talented Cerasoli was a Prep All-American and started the last 16 games for Seton Hall. His signature will cap one of the top recruiting classes in Ole Miss basketball history, a class that is nationally ranked at number three by some polls.

Justin Cerasoli was one of the top freshmen in the nation last year for Seton Hall, but at the end of the season, he opted to transfer.

Fortunately for Rod Barnes and the Ole Miss basketball program, Cerasoli picked the Rebels.

Cerasoli - from Chicago, IL - rounds out potentially the most prolific recruiting class in Ole Miss history and will take the spot of C Carl Swanigan, who signed with Ole Miss last fall but failed to qualify academically. Swanigan will enroll at Chipola CC in Pensacola, FL.

Cerasoli is the ninth signee on the year, but with Swanigan having to gain eligibility, eight will be on campus.

For all intents and purposes, save just a few holdovers, the Rebels will be a "new" team in 2005. Cerasolia, however, will have to sit out a year due to transfer rules, similar to what Auburn transfer Dewayne Curtis did last year, but he will be eligible in 2006.

Cerasoli's highlight last year was 16 points versus Notre Dame in the Big East Tournament. He is said to have "pro potential."

Justin will have three years to play three after he sits out his redshirt year.

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