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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

June 23rd, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball



Mississippi Rebels

Overall Rank: #138

Conference Rank: #12 SEC


2005-06: 14-16, 4-12, 5th (t) West

2005-06 postseason: none


The Rod Barnes era at Mississippi is over and the Rebel faithful look forward to a change.  Oxford isn’t the easiest place to win, but Andy Kennedy will bring a welcome transformation.  The winning ways won’t start immediately, but the future is finally looking promising. 


Who’s Out: Londrick Nolen is the only player lost to graduation.  The forward started 17 games, averaging 8.6 points and 4.5 rebounds.  A trio of transfers will take away a little experience off of the Rebel’s bench.  Brandon Patterson is a solid three-point shooter and had a great freshman campaign, but the guard only averaged 2.8 points per game last year as a sophomore.  Forward Mike Smith earned one start as a freshman before opting to continue his collegiate career elsewhere.  He averaged 2.2 points and 1.7 boards and could be a great fit in a different system.  Center Marquis Young only saw limited minutes in ten appearances as a freshman.


Who’s In: Justin Cerasoli, a transfer from Seton Hall, is the big name newcomer.  The 6-5 point guard averaged 6.2 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists and earned ten starts during his only season with the Pirates.  Cerasoli is expected to step in immediately and start from day one.  The frontcourt could use some depth and it will receive some with Kenny Williams and Andy Ogide.  Last year Williams posted 17.6 points, 9.0 rebounds and 2.0 blocks at St. Petersburg Community College.  Williams will provide an athletic presence to the power forward spot.  Ogide, another 6-8 power forward, might not see too many minutes as a freshman, but he is versatile enough to fill in off the bench at multiple positions.  Guard Rodney Jones can play anywhere in the backcourt.  Ideally, the 6-4, Alexandria, Louisiana native will see minutes as a shooting guard.


Who to Watch: Junior center Dwayne Curtis was a welcome addition last year after transferring from Auburn.  The 6-8, Chicago native averaged a team high 13.6 points and 7.6 rebounds per game last season.  Look for more of the same from the big man this year.  Curtis has a wide frame and can battle underneath with just about anybody.  Ole Miss will need him to be a force in the paint to compete in the SEC.


Final Projection: While things might look grim with a projected 12th place overall finish in the SEC, the Rebels have the ingredients to be a surprise team.  Clarence Sanders and Bam Doyne anchor a suddenly experienced backcourt, sophomore forward Trey Hampton has the potential to become a big time player under Andy Kennedy and Jeremy Parnell returns to his spot beside Curtis up front.   With Coach Kennedy bringing his new system into the Oxford, the Rebels may pull off a surprise or two, but the better things will come in the following years. 


Projected Post-season Tournament: none


Projected Starting Five:

Justin Cerasoli, Sophomore, Guard, DNP last season

Clarence Sanders, Senior, Guard, 9.1 points per game

Bam Doyne, Senior, Guard, 9.0 points per game

Jeremy Parnell, Junior, Forward, 4.8 points per game

Dwayne Curtis, Junior, Center, 13.6 points per game

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