Elite 11 Camp comes to Ole Miss

Coach Kennedy conducted his first Elite 11 camp at Ole Miss on Sunday and Monday.There were over 70 participants for the two days, which marked the largest Elite 11 camp in Ole Miss history. To read more about how the camp went, read below.

The Rebels hosted 55 rising sophomores and juniors, as they are trying to key in on the next two classes.

There were five key seniors and juco prospects who did attend.

Top Sr Prospects

Elgin Bailey
Elgin Bailey
(PF, Baton Rogue, LA) - Elgin had two screws put in his ankle and will be out of action for the next four to six weeks. But that did not stop one of the country's most sought after prospects from coming down to the Ole Miss Elite 11 camp.

Everybody remembers LSU's Final 4 run last year which pitted four starters from the city of Baton Rogue.

Some are already comparing Elgin to last year's SEC Player of the Year, Glenn "Big Baby" Davis.

Bailey has the same body (6' 8", 250) and soft touch from around the rim.

Elgin averaged 21 points and 15 rebounds last season after transferring from Glenn Oaks to Belaire in Baton Rogue.

He has already been offered by the likes of USC, UNLV, LSU, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Ole Miss, LSU, Alabama, Arizona, and Miami.

What are Elgin's top schools?

"I would have to put USC, UNLV, Ole Miss, Miami, Missouri has been recruiting me kind of lately, and Oklahoma State up there."

What were Bailey's thoughts on new Rebel head basketball coach, Andy Kennedy?

"He is slick, super cool. I really enjoyed getting to talk to him while I was at Ole Miss," commented Elgin on his way back home to Baton Rouge late Monday night.

While it will be hard for the new staff at Ole Miss to build the relationships it takes to sign players of this caliber in such a short amount of time, but do not count Coach Kennedy out, as he has proven to be one of the more effective recruiters in the country.

Jenirro Bush
Jenirro Bush
(SG, East Oktibbeha County, MS) - This sweet shooting East Oktibbeha County swing guard was simply dominant during the camp.

When you first look at Bush, his skinny frame (6' 5", 155) kind of jumps out at you, but make no bones about it, the kid can flat out play the game of basketball. He is very fundamentally sound and he has great lift on his shots.

Jenirro had been offered by MTSU, MSU, and Oklahoma before the Ole Miss camp took place, but the Rebels joined the party after his showing.

Baylor, Rice, and Tennessee round out Bush's top schools.

Bush was named 2nd Team All-State (MAC) for the '05/'06 campaign.

Frank Alexander
Frank Alexander (PF, Southern Lab, LA) - The guy who was running around that looked like a football player on the hoof, well, he is a football player. But he also plays basketball and plays it well.

Frank ran fluidly and was not "stiff" as we see from a lot of football physique players who want to live out their "dream" of playing basketball. Alexander actually had a good shot and looked very fundamentally sound.

But as late as last week, he was quoted by scout.com as saying,

“I am starting to lean toward football right now. I think that is what I am going to end up doing,” said Alexander. “I enjoy playing football and basketball, but I think football is going to be what I end up doing."

Frank has plenty of choices if he does want to play football as he has already been offered by LSU, Ole Miss, Auburn, Clemson, USM, Florida, Miami, Notre Dame, and Oklahoma.

Tennessee (offer), Nichols state, and Miami are showing strong interest if the 6' 4", 240 pounder does decide to play basketball.

Ben O' Donald
Ben O' Donald
(PG, Largo, FL) - Ben looked more like a stocky football player, on the hoof, as he measured in at 5' 9", 195, but the young man was very smooth and could shoot the lights out of the ball.

We hear that Ole Miss was very impressed with his showing and O' Donald has moved up their charts.

Wesley Jones
Wesley Jones (SF, Pearl River CC, MS) - There was also a junior college prospect in attendance at the Ole Miss Elite 11 Camp, and he just happened to be the top juco prospect in the state of Mississippi.

The 6' 7", 205 pound small forward hails from Beatrice (AL) and made an immediate impact for the Wildcats team as he was selected as one of the top 5 players in the Mississippi juco system as a freshman.

Wesley has great athleticism and plays "above the rim". His shot is very good from three point range, and Jones has the ability to post you down low.

Mississippi Prospects

We have been told that Ole Miss has two serious prospects on their board from Mississippi that are rising seniors.

We discussed Jenirro Bush earlier, but also keep an eye on Malcolm Kirkland.

Malcolm Kirkland at last year's Elite 11 Camp
Malcolm Kirkland
(PF, Madison Central, MS) - The 6' 8", 245 pound C/PF prospect led the Jaguars to their first state championship last season and averaged 17.6 points and 7.5 rebounds for the year.

Kirkland was suppose to attend the Ole Miss Elite 11 camp but his ride fell through at the last minute.

We hear that Ole Miss and Alabama have already offered, and scout.com reported that Oklahoma has offered as well.

Malcolm has not had a great summer tour so the Rebels were disappointed that Kirkland did not make it in for their camp.

Scholarship Numbers

We hear that the Rebels will sign anywhere from 3 to 4 players this season.

The focus will be on guards.

Remaining prospects at Elite 11 Camp

We will break down the top prospects from the rising sophomore and junior classes in the coming days.

Some exciting names were in attendance with Mississippi's top two rising juniors in Rashanti Harris (PF, New Hope) and Romero Osby (PF, N' East Lauderdale).

Stay tuned.

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