NCB On The Trail: Ole Miss Rebels

Minneapolis Nike EYBL recap 

May, 25, 2014
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MINNEAPOLIS -- The fourth session of the Nike EYBL gave teams one more opportunity to add league wins and earn the right to participate in the Peach Jam that will crown a champion in July.

Check out some of the many terrific prospect performances we witnessed this weekend at the EYBL:

Notes: Cartwright could be double value 

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This time of the year, there's always something brewing. From campus visits to the value of Stanford's newest pledge, we've dumped out the notebook into a nice, tidy column to catch you up.

Cartwright's value could be two-fold


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Mississippi State adds 2014 big man

July, 22, 2013
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6-foot-9 power forward Oliver Black (Jackson, Miss./Wingfield) verbally committed to Mississippi State on Sunday, according to multiple sources.

Black, a class of 2014 prospect, chose the Bulldogs over Ole Miss and Oklahoma State, among others. He joins SF Demetrius Houston (Montgomery, Ala./Carver) and SG Maurice Dunlap (Greenwood, Miss./Amanda Elzy) in MSU's recruiting class. The Bulldogs also hold a pledge from two-sport standout Elijah Staley (Marietta, Ga./Wheeler) who is expected to play football and basketball.
Class of 2014 power forward Marcanvis Hymon (Memphis/Whitehaven) committed to Ole Miss Tuesday over offers from Memphis and SEC rival programs Mississippi State, Arkansas, Auburn and Tennessee. The commitment was the first for the Rebels’ 2014 class.

Rebels coach Andy Kennedy should be smiling after this pledge, as his team adds a dependable, blue-collar player who simply finds ways to help his squad succeed. Let’s dissect his game to see what he will bring to Oxford.

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PF Marcanvis Hymon picks Ole Miss

July, 10, 2013
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Class of 2014 power forward Marcanvis Hymon (Memphis, Tenn./Whitehaven) announced his commitment to Mississippi on Tuesday.

The three-star prospect, who is currently ranked as the No. 45 power forward on ESPN.com, chose the Rebels over Arkansas, Memphis, Mississippi State and Auburn. He becomes the first Ole Miss commit from the 2014 class.

Vols land ESPN 60 PF

June, 11, 2013
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According to the Knoxville News Sentinel, Tennessee nabbed a verbal commitment from ESPN 60 junior forward Phil Cofer (Fayetteville, Ga./Whitewater) on Tuesday.

Cofer, ranked No. 56 in the 2014 class, chose the Volunteers over Alabama, Auburn, Cincinnati, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Ole Miss, among others. He joins shooting guard Jordan Cornish (New Orleans/Brother Martin) in Tennessee's 2014 recruiting class.

Estonian SF Janari Joesaar picks Ole Miss 

November, 12, 2012
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According to the Jackson (Miss.) Clarion Ledger, Ole Miss landed a verbal pledge from 6-foot-6 forward Janari Joesaar (Estonia/Sunrise Christian Academy) on Monday.

Joesaar also had interest from Oklahoma.

"He loved the campus," Sunrise coach Kyle Lindsted told the paper. "He loved the people involved. I thing it was a perfect fit for him there."

Joesaar will join his Sunrise teammate Sebastian Saiz (Spain) as well as center Dwight Coleby (Piney Woods, Miss./Piney Woods) as Rebels signees this week.

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Former McDonald's AA Kendrick picks UNLV 

October, 15, 2012
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UNLV landed a verbal commitment from junior college shooting guard Jelan Kendrick (Marietta, Ga./Indian Hills C.C.) over the weekend. The news was first reported by www.cbssports.com.

Kendrick was a McDonald's All-American as a senior in 2010 and was ranked No. 44 overall in the ESPN 100 when he signed with Memphis. He left Memphis before ever appearing in a game and landed at Ole Miss last season where he averaged 5.1 points before being suspended from the team.

"I believe it's been a learning experience for me," Kendrick told CBSSports. "I've become a better person and my goal at UNLV is to help them win a national title and reach my final destination as an NBA player."

Kendrick joins ESPN 100 power forward Christian Wood (Palmdale, Calif./Findlay College Prep) in the Rebels' 2013 class.

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C Dwight Coleby picks Ole Miss 

October, 14, 2012
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Senior center Dwight Coleby (Piney Woods, Miss./Piney Woods) ended his recruitment on Sunday with a verbal commitment to the University of Mississippi. Coleby announced the news via his Twitter account.

He chose the Rebels over Memphis, Georgia, Mississippi State and Southern Miss. Coleby becomes the first recruit for head coach Andy Kennedy and his staff in 2013.

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PG Dayshawn Watkins picks Blazers 

August, 18, 2012
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5-foot-10 point guard Dayshawn Watkins (Jacksonville, Ark./North Pulaski) ended his recruitment on Friday with a verbal commitment to UAB, multiple sources reported.

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Head coach Anthony Grant and the Alabama basketball staff hosted another ESPN 100 prospect over the weekend as Memphis, Tenn., shooting guard JaJuan Johnson made an unofficial visit to UA on Saturday.

“It went good,” Johnson said. “They showed me the campus. It caught me by surprise. I didn’t think it was going to look like that. It was really big, the whole school itself, and [Coleman Coliseum] is a place I could see myself playing at. It has a real college atmosphere.”

Jajuan Johnson
Reggie Rankin/ESPN.comJaJuan Johnson, the No. 54 prospect in the Class of 2013, made an unofficial visit to Alabama this past weekend.
On his visit, Johnson met with the entire coaching staff and had a one-on-one session with Grant. The two connected right away.

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