Basketball Practice Observations

Ole Miss Coach Andy Kennedy allowed the media to watch practice today. Here are some observations from the two-hour workout.

Ryan Brown is a new walk-on that transferred to Oxford from Colorado State. He is a 6-1, 200-pound guard that appears to be a three-point specialist.

David Huertas – After a year of anticipation, the Florida transfer has the potential to be one of the best Rebel shooters in recent memory. Huertas is the best option for major points on a consistent basis. He has a fundamentally sound smooth jump shot that is very accurate. His length and strength also allows him to be physical. From what I saw, a threat on both ends. Well worth the wait.

Brian Smith – A familiar player that won't make many mistakes. Smith had a solid day shooting and running the point. He didn't dazzle me athletically, but mistakes are limited. He seems to understand what Kennedy wants out of the position and how to constantly hussle in practice. His father, Tubby, was at practice today as well.

Jermey Parnell – It took a minute to recognize Parnell, as he has slimmed down to become more suitable for Kennedy's offense. The trimmer Parnell had an excellent practice with high energy and good footwork inside. He, along with Kenny Williams, are more than picking up the slack for Dwayne Curtis' slow start due to injury.

Dwayne Curtis – The big man is practicing, which is all that matters right now. He isn't quite at playing form, but that has never been a problem to catch up in the past. Curtis was running full speed, so the injury isn't a problem. It is all about being in playing form now.

Kenny Williams – Without a doubt, the emotional sparkplug for the Rebels. Williams was active for the full 120 minutes and has taken on the role of team leader, with words and actions. Williams' intensity was a step above everyone else, and he was effective in the paint on nearly every possession.

Eniel Polynice – The freshman newcomer is now one of the most experienced players in the Rebel backcourt. Polynice is a complete player that will be showcased more this season. He can play defense, push the ball and finish on the offensive end. Very suitable for Kennedy's style.

Malcolm White – The highest profile recruit coming in proved his worth today. With a great wingspan and plus-plus athletic ability for a forward, White looks to be worth his accolades. Williams said he was already prepared for SEC play and an unbelievable athlete and competitor. At 6-9, White can cover guards and post players effectively.

Terrance Watson – Another prototypical player for Kennedy, Watson is long and mobile in the paint. His defense and finishing ability stood out.

Chris Warren – The 5-11 point guard is the fastest player on the team and looks to cause numerous problems for opposing teams. His shot is a tad unorthodox, but Warren is a capable slasher that can push the ball and run the up-tempo scheme.

Trevor Gaskins – He is a guard that shoots the outside ball well and is stocky and strong enough to hold his own in the lane.

Kevin Cantinol – He may be an excellent redshirt candidate due to depth at forward, but at 6-10, he is a wide body that complements Parnell, Williams and Curtis. Time to learn is probable, but Cantinol possesses a solid upside.

Zach Graham – He resembles Huertas as a big guard that can play all elements of the game. He has a crisp shot and works hard on defense.

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