What direction will the OM bball signees go?

The late signing period starts on April 12th, and there are still many questions to be answered. Read below to get a sneak peak at what might happen.

Coach Kennedy has a national reputation as being one of the top recruiters in the country. One has to look no further than his past track record. While he was the recruiting coordinator at Cincinnati, all three of his classes were ranked in the Top 10 in the country.

The Rebels currently have 11 players on scholarship and 2 signees from the Fall class. This would put Ole Miss at its maximum number, 13.

But, there are still a few possibilities.

Herbert Terry
One is Herbert Terry out of Fort Wayne, IN.

Herbert signed with Ole Miss in the Fall of '05, but is still not 100% sure what he is going to do.

"We are still exploring our options. After next week, we will know for sure," commented Eric Vaughan, Herbert's AAU head coach.

Coach Vaughan is no stranger to the state of Mississippi, as he actually grew up in Clarksdale before moving off to Indianapolis in 7th grade. His immediate family still lives in the Clarksdale area.

Terry still has some soul searching to do.

"My whole thing is if Dildy stays, I stay, so I am pretty happy. But, I still want to get to know Coach Kennedy before I make a final decision. Coach Kennedy is going to come see my play Saturday, and we are going to have a heart to heart talk. We have talked on the phone a few times, but I want to talk to him one on one in person. I am looking forward to getting to know Coach Kennedy a lot better. I followed him while he was at Cincinnati, and I liked what he was doing there. I think this will all work out, but I will not know for sure until we meet," added Herbert Terry.

Herbert was not able to play this season because he transferred from South Port to Fort Wayne.

"Yes, I transferred from South Port to Fort Wayne. My old school would not sign off for me to play for another school. The principle at South Port was the chairman for the appeals board, so I was not going to win anyway. There was really nothing I could do about it, so I just worked out everyday and tried to work on my ball handling skills, and just the little things to make me a better player."

Basketball differs from football in the fact that if a school releases a player of his letter of intent, the signee is immediately eligible to play for another school. If the college does not release the letter of intent, the signee must sit out a year before he is eligible to play.

Ole Miss' second '05 signee, Solomon Bozeman, asked for a release and was granted one.

Solomon's father, Eric Bozeman, was a long time assistant under former Ole Miss head basketball coach, Rod Barnes. Coach Bozeman is now the head basketball coach at Southern Arkansas University.

Coach Bozeman asked Ole Miss to release his son of his letter of intent so he could explore all of his options. Solomon will take an official visit to South Florida this weekend. But, this does not necessarily end the relationship between Solomon and Ole Miss.

We have learned that Coaches Kennedy and White will travel to Magnolia, AR on Tuesday to watch him play in an open gym. They will then will have an inhome visit with the Bozemans that night.

The Bozeman family also wants to get to know Coach Kennedy and vise versa before a final decision is made.

There is still a chance that Solomon and Ole Miss will connect well enough where Bozeman will end up at Ole Miss, but that will all be determined after they meet one another.

Bozeman took his new team, Magnolia high, to the Class 4A championship game and averaged over 30 points during the playoffs.

There is speculation that Cincinnati's freshman point guard, Devan Downey, could transfer to Ole Miss. Downey has also received his release from Cinci and is free to sign with anyone he would like. Due to Coach Kennedy's role in signing Downey for the Bearcats, the rumors are growing louder and louder that Devan could be headed to Ole Miss.

Here is what Devan had to say about Coach Kennedy to the Clarion Ledger,

"He is just like one of the fellas," Downey said. "It makes you feel comfortable being around him. You say, 'I can be myself around this guy. I do not have to pretend to be somebody I am not,'"

Devan Downey's profile

• Named South Carolina Class AAA Player of the Year and Mr. Basketball as a senior at Chester High.
• Averaged 36.9 points, 6.1 assists, 4.3 rebounds and 4.7 steals.
• Showed long-distance scoring ability by averaging three 3-pointers per game.
• Had a single-game scoring high of 67 points and once made 32 free throws in a game.• Scored 2,738 career points.
• Three-time first team all-state selection.
• Finalist for National Gatorade Player of the Year honors.
• Selected for the Michael Jordan All-Star Classic, the North Carolina-South Carolina Classic and the Commonwealth Classic.
• Consensus pick by the recruiting organizations as a Top 50 prospect.

We will keep you posted with the latest developments with each of these young men's status.

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