Hoops class getting rave reviews

Ole Miss Men's Basketball Coach Andy Kennedy is rapidly building a quality hoops program via his and his staff's recruiting efforts in the past year and a half. Read about it inside.

It's an old saying, but it's been proven truthful over and over and over and over. . .

"Great players make great coaches."

Ole Miss' Andy Kennedy is certainly a proponent of that and there is proof to back statement.

HoopScoop Online recently ranked Kennedy's signing class as the ninth best in the nation, and, as a footnote, wrote: "If we included transfers in our final rankings, Florida transfer David Huertas, a 6-5 shooting guard eligible this fall, would move this class into the Top 5 in the nation."

The Rebels got the boost in rankings by the national recruiting organization with the addition of 6-9 forward Malcolm White during the summer.

It was anticipated for most of last year that White would have to go to high school for another year, but a late surge in his academics made the high-flying White eligible to enroll at Ole Miss pending NCAA eligibility approval, which is expected soon.

Malcolm brings a high level of athleticism into the post postion with great length and a motor that runs non-stop. He is also an explosive leaper and feels there isn't an inside shot he can't block.

The Rebels also signed 6-6 Zach Graham. Zach has good size and strength for the wing position and has already shown Kennedy a higher level of maturity on the court than the "normal" freshman. He's also what coaches refer to as "a winner," with a high level of competitiveness built in.

6-5 F Terrence Watson brings a championship with him to Ole Miss. He was on a JUCO National Championship team last spring and was responsible for it in no small part. Outstanding defensive player and a guy who give sthe Rebels a lot of versatility.

6-5 Wesley Jones is a player who can score points in bunches. For a 6-5 player, he has excellent length and has exhibited a great shooting touch.

Point Guard Chris Warren needs to add a little strength to his hoops package, but he will be one of the fastest players in the country immediately. He's also a very good shooter from long range.

6-2 G Trevor Gaskins plays with a high level of strength, toughness, intensity and competitiveness at either guard slot.

6-9 Kevin Cantinol, who has a 7-3 wing span, is still young in terms of his development, but he's already shown the raw skills the Rebel coaches are looking for. They love his upside.

And, as HoopScoop Publisher Clark Fancis wrote, the addition of Huertas rounds out the class not only nicely, but dynamically. Huertas has shown a high level of fire and competitiveness and is extremely confident in his offensive ability. He is expected to score a lot of points at Ole Miss in his career.

"The moral to the story is that Rebel Coach Andy Kennedy, whose first team went 21-13 overall and 8-8 in league play a year ago, is turning things around in a hurry," Francis wrote.

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