2013-14 College Basketball Season Preview: Ole Miss

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Ole Miss Rebels (Last Year: 26-9, 12-6 in SEC)

2013-14 Projected Depth Chart:

F/C: Demarco Cox (Sr)/Dwight Coleby (Fr)

PF: Aaron Jones (Sr)/Terry Brutus (Soph)/Sebastian Saiz (Fr)

G/F: Ladarius White (Jr)/Anthony Perez (Soph)/Janari Joesaar (Fr)

SG: Marshall Henderson (Sr)/Martavious Newby (Soph)

PG: Jarvis Summers (Jr)/Derek Millinghaus (Soph)/Jerron Martin (Fr)

Gone: PF-Murphy Holloway, C-Reginald Buckner, G/F-Nick Williams

2013-14 Outlook:
Led by the controversial Marshall Henderson, the Ole Miss Rebels finished with their best season in more than a decade. If Henderson can stay out of trouble and on the floor, the Ole Miss should be in contention for another berth to the NCAA Tournament.

This summer, the oft-troubled Henderson was suspended indefinitely for a violation of team rules. He is practicing with the team and expected to play this year, which is great news for the Rebels. Henderson is clearly a dynamic scorer who can light up the scoreboard in a hurry with his limitless range from the outside and is the spark plug for Andy Kennedy.

Starting point guard Jarvis Summers and last year’s sixth man, Ladarius White, figure to start in the backcourt alongside Henderson. After a terrific freshman year, Summers took a bit of a step back last season partially due to his struggles shooting the ball and partially because of Henderson’s presence on the floor. White provides Ole Miss with a big, physical wing who brings needed versatility on the defensive end as well since Nick Williams has graduated.

Derek Millinghaus was a key reserve as a freshman and will resume that role as the first guard off the bench. Martavious Newby and Anthony Perez saw minimal playing time a year ago and figure to be pushed by newcomers Jerron Martin and Janari Joesaar.

Ole Miss will have a new look in the frontcourt since starters Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner are gone. Aaron Jones was the primary reserve until he suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Jones is expected to be back to full strength for the start of season, and Kennedy will need him to be 100% and become more of a focal point down low.

The Rebels also get Demarco Cox back after he missed most of last season due to a foot injury. He brings his wide body and physicality down low, but is limited as an offensive threat. Role player Terry Brutus should be the first forward off the bench, but freshmen Sebastian Saiz and Dwight Coleby will try to crack the rotation as well.

A lot of this season depends on Henderson. If he can cut back on his boisterous shenanigans on and off the court, Ole Miss should be a borderline tournament team. Without Henderson, the Rebels figure to move back into the middle of the pack in the SEC.

Player to Watch: Marshall Henderson, SG
From his on-the-court antics to his capability of going off at the snap of a finger; Henderson might be the most polarizing player in college basketball. Can he mature this year and put his team first? That’s what the Ole Miss Rebels will need to get back into the Big Dance.

Key Non-Conference Games:
  • 11/29 vs. Georgia Tech (Barclays Classic)
  • 11/30 vs. St. John’s/Penn State (Barclays Classic)
  • 12/5 at Kansas State
  • 12/8 vs. Oregon
  • 12/14 vs. Middle Tennessee
  • 12/30 at Western Kentucky
  • 1/4 vs. Dayton

  • Predicted SEC Finish: 5th

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