Two UM hoops signees do well in tourney

Two Ole Miss basketball signees had stellar performances last weekend in a tournament in Fayetteville, Ark.

The Holiday Hoops Tournament was played in Arkansas' Bud Walton Arena, and both Terrance Henry and Brandon Wilson had big weekends for their Monroe (La.) Carroll High School team.

"They both played super," said Carroll High head coach Chris Oney. "A lot of people were impressed with those two."

Terrance Henry
In Carroll's first game, the 6-foot-9, 190-pound Henry scored 27 points and had 12 rebounds, while the 6-5, 190, Wilson had 23 points and 11 rebounds as Carroll beat Class 6A defending Arkansas state champion Jonesboro.

In game two, Henry ran into some foul trouble early and wound up with 12 points and 10 rebounds. But Wilson was sensational with 26 points and 25 boards as Carroll beat Bishop McGuiness High School of Oklahoma, which features one of the nation's top big man prospects in Daniel Orton at 6-10 and 260.

In game three, Carroll lost to North Crowley High of Texas, which features Oklahoma signee shooting guard Willie Warren. Henry had 27 points and eight rebounds at halftime and finished the game with 37 and 12. Wilson had 12 points and 18 boards.

"Brandon broke the tournament's rebounding record with 54 in three days," Oney said.

Henry has been at Carroll throughout his career. Wilson joined him this season after transferring from Rayville. Oney says Ole Miss will benefit, just like his team has, by having both players in the program.

"They've meshed sooner than I thought," he said. "They accept coaching so well. The future for both of them is as bright as you can imagine. Once they get to Ole Miss, they'll be that much further along having played together here."

Oney said both have tremendous upsides and will continue to improve as they mature.

"Terrance will have to work on his strength," Oney said. "He can actually play post or guard, even as tall as he is. He's a legitimate post player who can play guard as well. He's actually stronger than he appears, but when his strength catches up with his skills, watch out.

"Brandon can defend tremendously. His arms are so long that if the basketball is anywhere around him, he gets a piece of it. He can pick the ball up and run like a point guard.

"They can both play multiple positions. Terrance can play 2-5, and Brandon can play 1-4. They will be good for Ole Miss, and Ole Miss will be good for them. They are the perfect match for Coach (Andy) Kennedy and the way he wants to play."

Oney's team is off to an 8-1 start and is currently ranked second in the state of Louisiana.

Ole Miss has also signed 6-5, 195, Terrico White of Craigmont High in Memphis, Tenn., and 6-1, 165, point guard Will Bogan of Caldwell, Idaho's Vallivue High School.

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