Record in 2003-04: 13-15 overall, 5-11 SEC
|Tommie Eddie||Sr||14.1||5.3||53.6||-- --||51.7||3.0||0.4|
New Players (rankings from PrepStars)
Likely starters are Todd Abernethy (6-1) at point, Justin Johnson (6-0) and Bam Doyne (6-3) on the wings, Marvin Moore (6-6) at high post, and Tommie Eddie (6-7, but 260 lbs) at low post. Kendrick Fox (6-7) should be the sixth man. Calvadas Nunnery (5-9) is the backup point and the best ball-handler, but no scoring threat. Glass (6-2), Parnell and Patterson should get considerable time. The others are Jackson (6-8), Rhodes (6-7), and Scott (6-7), none of whom have shown much promise.
Look for the Rebels to go to a running game this season, with Johnson becoming the top scorer. Abernethy is probably the best outside shooter. Moore and Glass are expected to benefit the most from the change away from the old half-court offense. Maybe the two freshmen will produce. Points close to the basket will come hard.
Rebounding and Defense
Eddie is the best rebounder. Goodness knows where his help will come from, but Parnell and Moore (220 lbs.) are the best bets. Mississippi will be a scrappy defensive team, as always, with Doyne the best defender.
The whole team is one big question mark except in the area of team defense. There are a lot of seniors, but most are junior college transfers who played little in their first year at Mississippi. Consequently, experience is lacking everywhere. The Rebels dont have the size to stay on the boards with most other SEC teams.
Overall Prospects for 2004-05
Coach Rod Barnes is on the canvas, and the referee is counting. During the off-season he brought in a couple of new assistant coaches to shore up the recruiting, a mark of desperation. With the loss of Justin Reed and Aaron Harper, his failure to recruit successfully has caught up to him. One newcomer (6-9 sophomore Dwayne Curtis, a transfer from Auburn) will have to sit out the season. He had a third freshman recruit (Bobby Clark, 6-3, #169 ranking, and two-time all-stater) who would have helped considerably, but failed to qualify.
Ole Miss will finish sixth in the Western Division of the SEC and be the weakest team in the entire conference. Barnes will be lucky to make it to the end of the season, and his best chance to remain is to come up with a really good crop of recruits by November because this team is going nowhere.