Outside of rising sophomore Reginald Buckner and junior Terrance Henry, the Rebels were suddenly lacking bodies in the post. Holloway followed DeAundre Cranston, who was Ole Miss' only senior during a 24-11 season.
The search to find a capable replacement began in earnest. However, it ended with Steadman Short, a 6-foot-9, 215-pound power forward.
Short, who took previous visits to Marquette and Maryland this week, has signed with Ole Miss, sources close to the program confirmed Saturday.
Short began his college career at High Point, where he started 23 games and averaged 6.9 points and 5.6 rebounds, but transferred to Chipola College in Marianna, Fla. for his sophomore season.
"At the end of the day, I think it came down to Coach Kennedy and his staff," Chipola head coach Jake Headrick said. "He loved their style of play."
He signed with Marshall in October, but was released from his scholarship following the departure of head coach Donnie Jones. He averaged 13 points and eight rebounds at Chipola, and quickly drew the interest of many Division-I schools in need of his services.
"Ole Miss was just a better situation – nice people, good coaches," he said. "I just came from JUCO, so wherever I went, I wanted to be able to come in and play. Me being able to contribute early at Ole Miss played a big part."
Short has been a busy man over the last two weeks. After stopping by Marquette last weekend, he hopped a plane to Maryland Monday and Tuesday. Ole Miss rounded out his visit schedule, before finally heading home Saturday.
"With his size, athleticism and ability to shoot the basketball from the outside, I think he's going to bring something they've been missing a little bit," Headrick said. "He's really athletic. He can really run and jump. He can really shoot the ball well from 18 feet."
Short is the second forward to sign with Ole Miss this spring, joining Isaiah Massey, a 6-foot-8, 225-pound power forward. Guard Donald Williams, along with incoming freshmen Demarco Cox and Dundrecous Nelson, round out the signing class of 2010.
"I can bring a lot of energy and leadership," Short said. "I can be the missing piece. Whatever's needed of me to contribute is what I'll do."
Headrick believes the opportunity for early playing time played a major role in Short's decision to ultimately choose Ole Miss.
"I think that's why he went there," he said. "He visited Marquette and he visited Maryland, but at the end of the day, that's why he's going to Ole Miss, so he can have an impact and help them win. And with the pieces they have, with Chris Warren and those guys, he feels like they're a player or two away from being really good next year."