Wednesday, July 10, 2013
Rebels land instant-impact PF Hymon
By Reggie Rankin
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.
Hymon is a strong and physical post who plays with good energy and urgency on both ends of the floor, competes at a high level and is very productive. Hymon is an above the rim finisher, benefiting from drop-off passes but can also hit the midrange jumper out to 18 feet when his feet are set.
The 6-foot-7, 215-pound three-star forward must continue to work on his offensive package, counter moves with his back to the rim and facing-up. He’s already improved significantly in all three areas but needs to continue to make strides in his development to maximize his upside.
Hymon can pull his defender out to the high post and just inside the arc with his shooting. He excels in burying open jumpers after screening and posting in the halfcourt sets and motion style offense, and when spaced correctly, he can put the ball on the floor and make aggressive plays to the basket.
In the Ole Miss halfcourt pressure man defense, Hymon has the potential to defend inside and out. Defensively, he can block shots both on and away from the ball and he is a very good rebounder on both ends of the floor. Expect Hymon to be productive from Day 1 and look for that output to increase as Hymon hones his game under Kennedy and his staff.