Hoop's program has all 5 signees qualify

The Ole Miss hoops program received good word recently when all five of Coach Kennedy's Spring signees were cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse.







The players who are now on campus are (PG) Eniel Polynice, (SG) David Huertas, (PF) Kenny Williams, and (SG) Rodney Jones.

Andy Ogide will arrive in Oxford on Sunday.

Bios of Signees

Rodney Jones
Rodney Jones (PG, Alexandria, LA) - The 6' 3", 190 pound scoring guard played at Peabody Magnet High School for coach Charles Smith ... McDonald's All-America nominee for his senior year ... Named the 2006 State 4A Player of the Year by the Louisiana Sports Writers Association ... Averaged 27 points and 10 rebounds as a senior ... Team Captain and first team All-State selection who guided Peabody to a 34-5 record and the state semifinals his senior season ... Over his three years as a starter, helped lead the Warhorses to 108 wins, including a 41-0 mark his sophomore campaign ... Earned All-District honors twice.




David Huertas
David Huertas (SG, Jacksonville, FL) - The 6' 5", 195 pound scoring guard can start practicing with the team in the fall but is ineligible for the 2006-07 season by NCAA transfer rules ... May begin playing in the 2007-08 campaign with three years of eligibility remaining ... Working out at the Puerto Rican national team trials in July and is the youngest member of the preliminary roster.

FLORIDA 2005-06 (FRESHMAN): Member of the 2006 NCAA national champion Gator squad, coached by Billy Donovan ... Averaged 2.5 points and 1.5 rebounds and saw action in 35 games as a freshman ... Played in all 16 SEC games ... Hit 33.3 percent from three-point range (12-of-36) ... Made his lone start of the season at Ole Miss, garnering a career-high 28 minutes and posting 9 points and 4 boards ... Set career highs in points (15), rebounds (8), field goals (5) and free throws (5) against Savannah State ... Recorded 8 points, 5 assists and hit 3-of-4 free throws in 28 minutes against Morgan State ... Played 16 minutes against Jacksonville and added seven points ... Played 12 minutes against Tennessee, adding 5 points and 1 assist ... Grabbed three offensive rebounds against Kentucky ... Played 14 key minutes against Villanova in the Elite Eight in Minneapolis, adding three rebounds and two points ... Also saw action in the national semifinal game against George Mason.

HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 20.0 points, 7.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game during his senior season at Jacksonville's Arlington Country Day, where he was coached by Rex Morgan ... Led his team to the first 2A state title in school history and a No. 7 final national ranking in the USA Today poll ... Florida 2A Player of the Year and a First Team All-State selection as a junior, scoring 21.0 ppg ... During his junior year, hit a school-record 10 three-pointers in one game ... Played on the AAU level with the Miami Tropics where he averaged 20.5 points per game.





Andy Ogide

Andy Ogide (PF, Dallas, GA) - The 6' 8", 225 pound power forward played at Paulding County High School for coach Joel Boone ... Rated the 11th-best 2006 prospect in the state of Georgia hoopscoop.com ... Earned GACA first team All-State honors as a senior ... Averaged 25.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 3.0 blocked shots and 2.0 steals in helping lead the Patriots to a 20-10 record in 2005-06 ... Named the 2006 Region 7-4A Player of the Year ... Picked up All-Region and Team MVP honors for both his junior and senior seasons ... As a junior, posted 20 points and 10 rebounds per game in nabbing honorable mention All-State distinction.





Eniel Polynice

Eniel Polynice (3G, Sarasota, FL) - The 6' 5", 205 point guard played at Booker High School for coach Derrick Kirce ... Earned First Team All-State honors from the Florida Sports Writers Association ... Named the Sarasota Herald Tribune Co-Player of the Year ... Averaged 17.1 points, 7.1 rebounds, 5.9 assists, 5 steals and 4 blocked shots as a senior ... Helped guide Booker to a 30-3 season and the 2006 4A state title, earning tournament MVP honors ... Scored a game-high 22 points in the 54-51 state championship game win over Milton ... Named MVP of the 2006 Sarasota County All-Star game.





Kenny Williams

Kenny Williams (PF, St. Petersburg CC, FL) - The 6' 8", 250 pound power forward hails from Miami, FL.

JUNIOR COLLEGE
: Played at St. Petersburg Community College for coach Earnest Crumbley ... Two-time first-team All-Suncoast Conference selection ... Named a 2005 first-team preseason JUCO All-American ... Led the Titans to the Suncoast Conference Championship both seasons ... As a senior, posted 17.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game, turned in 13 double-doubles and shot 55.0 percent in helping guide the team to a 25-7 record ... Averaged a team-high 16.4 points as a freshman and ranked second on the squad in rebounding (6.3), steals (1.4), blocks (1.2) and field goal percentage (53.8).
HIGH SCHOOL: Averaged 15.1 points, 12.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks as a senior at American Senior High School ... Directed American to a top-10 ranking in Class 6A ... As a junior, earned honorable mention all-state distinction by notching 14 points and 17 rebounds per game ... Signed with Auburn as part of the Tigers' 2003 football recruiting class ... Named first-team All-Dade County as a tight end ... Three-year football starter ... Totaled 20 passes for 283 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.



Tidbits

Justin Cerasoli (PG) broke his wrist a few months back but took his cast off today.

The good news is that he will have a full month of being back 100% before Fall practice starts. The bad news is that will only give him three weeks to lift weights and get his conditioning back to where it needs to be. He will be a long ways away from being back, from a conditioning stand point, but hopefully by the time the season starts, he can be back to the old "J" that everybody was accustomed to seeing while taking his redshirt.

What happened to the players that Rod Barnes signed in the Fall?

Solomon Bozeman signed with South Florida, and Herbert Terry signed with Ball State this summer but has since been dismissed from the team.

What happend with Jeremy Patterson, Mike Smith, and Marquis Young?

Jeremy and Mike transferred to Arknasas Little Rock and Marquis transferred to a junior college.

We are hearing that the Rebels expect to have the third best frontcourt in the SEC behind Florida and Alabama. Those are some mighty strong words, but with Jeremy Parnell, Dwayne Curtis, Trey Hampton, and the addition of Kenny Williams, Ole Miss expects to be dominant at the post positions.

Speaking of Kenny Williams, we hear that Ole Miss thinks Kenny will make an immediate impact on Ole Miss' team this year. Some believe that he is a true banger, but the word is that Kenny is more athletic than any of their big men, minus Trey Hampton.

In a perfect world, Justin Cerasoli, Eniel Polynice, and Brian Smith will make up the Rebel's point guard rotation.

That will move Todd Abernethy back to the two guard, which is where he had his most success the season before last when he was named 6th Man of the Year in the SEC.

Todd will be sharing time with Clarence Sanders and Rodney Jones .

The 3 guard will be loaded with Trey Hampton, Bam Doyne, who can also switch to power forward when needed, and Xavier Hansboro.

Eniel Polynice
could be the steal of the century, according to our basketball sources. They say Eniel is the REAL DEAL and will make a huge impact for Ole Miss' team.

Get ready folks, it looks like this season is gearing up to be a turn around year!


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