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UM’s Kennedy Happy So Far With Freshman Summers

Yesterday, we discussed what Ole Miss is losing from its backcourt — Chris Warren (graduated), Zach Graham (graduated), and Trevor Gaskins (transferring to Louisiana Tech).  Today, Parrish Alford of The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal lets everyone in on someone the Rebels are adding at the guard spot.

Andy Kennedy — likely facing a make or break year in Oxford — is happy with what he’s seen so far from incoming freshman Jarvis Summers:


“He’s a 6-4 pure point guard, a pass-first quarterback who has maturity to his game.  He’s been here for a few weeks now, and we’ve had he opportunity to be around him.  I really like his approach for a young kid, the seriousness about him.  He carries himself the way natural leaders do.  With the void let by Chris and Zach, he’ll compete for minutes from Day One.”


Summers was a three-star prospect (according to Rivals.com) from Jackson.  His offers came from Murray State, South Alabama and Oklahoma State. 

If Summers turns out to be the diamond-in-the-rough type player that Kennedy seems to think, the kid could do a lot to help the Rebels’ sixth-year coach keep his job.

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Former UM Guard Gaskins Transferring To La. Tech

Ole Miss guard Trevor Gaskins is following ex-Rebel assistant Michael White to Ruston, Louisiana.  Gaskins announced via Twitter yesterday that he will transfer to Louisiana Tech for his final season of basketball.

Gaskins’ last season of college ball will be White’s first season as Tech’s head coach.  White served as an assistant UM — his alma mater — for seven years and worked specifically with the guards.

Gaskins averaged 6.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 1.9 assists in about 20 minutes of play per game for the Rebels in 2010-11.  Had he stayed in Oxford, he could have helped a backcourt that lost Chris Warren and Zach Graham to graduation this spring.  Warren and Graham led Andy Kennedy’s team in scoring last season.

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UM Upsets UK; UF Tops Vandy

Wanted to knock out some news before diving into our signing day coverage this morning.  For those who weren’t watching SEC basketball last night, the West pulled yet another upset over the East and Florida inched a bit closer toward the East Division title.

Last night in Oxford, Kentucky dropped its third SEC road game in four contests.  The Ole Miss Rebels “battled and wanted it more” according to John Calipari.

Credit Rebel guard Chris Warren who capped a 22-point night with a 25-footer with 2.9 seconds remaining to give UM the 71-69 victory.  For Ole Miss, it was just the second win in seven SEC games overall. 

The win was also just the 13th all-time for UM against the Cats in 109 games.  And it was the West’s fourth win over the East since Saturday.

In the nightcap, Florida took care of business at home with a 65-61 win over Vanderbilt.  The Gators’ Kenny Boynton knocked down a corner jumper with just over one minute to play in overtime to put the Commodores ahead for good in the back-and-forth game.

Vandy’s John Jenkins got a good look on the other end of the floor but put up an air ball.  Kevin Stallings made it clear that he thought the refs missed a foul on the play.

“He doesn’t shoot many air balls.  I’ve watched him play for a long time and I haven’t seen many air balls come off that kid’s hand.”  VU’s coach likely avoided a fine with his careful wording.

Indeed, there did appear to be contact on the play, but it’s not often the road team gets a call like that in the game’s final seconds.  (It should be noted that Vandy sent the game into overtime when they were given foul shots with less than 25 seconds to play in regulation)

In the East race, Florida is now in first place with a 6-2 record trailed by Tennessee (4-2), Kentucky (4-3), South Carolina (3-3), Vandy (3-4) and Georgia (3-4).

The Commodores have now dropped two games in a row following a Saturday loss at home to Arkansas.  For the Gators, last night’s win was its third overtime victory over an East rival on the season.

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SEC Headlines – 1/19/11 Part Two

1.  Florida will look to regain its defensive edge tomorrow night against Auburn.  (Against Auburn?  Here’s guessing they regain it.)

2.  New Gator defensive coordinator Dan Quinn is expected to arrive in Gainesville this week.

3.  Mark Fox said Tennessee made one more play than his Georgia team in a 59-57 loss last night.

4.  Backup offensive lineman Tanner Strickland is ending his Georgia career early.

5.  Georgia had to report a pretty small secondary violation in football recently.

6.  For you animal lovers out there (and I am one, too), Uga VIII is responding well to chemotheraphy being used to treat lymphoma.

7.  Following last night’s 68-66 loss to Alabama, John Calipari said (among other things) his Kentucky team doesn’t have the same “will to win” this season.

8.  UK’s youth has led to a roller-coaster ride in 2010-11.

9.  Twany Beckham — who’s transferring to UK to walk on — left Mississippi State due to “all the turmoil” in Starkville.

10.  Darrin Horn wants his Carolina team to be focused when Arkansas hits town tonight.

11.  The Gamecocks are off to a mildly surprising 2-1 start in league play.

12.  Tennessee’s buzzer-beating final play didn’t go as scripted in last night’s victory over Georgia.

13.  Brian Williams wants everyone to know that on his last-second bucket he “shot it like Kobe.”

14.  Kevin Stallings needs for Vanderbilt to play to the final buzzer tonight.

15.  The Commodores host Ole Miss as John Jenkins and Chris Warren try to out-gun one another.

16.  VU quarterback Jordan Rodgers was on ESPN today to talk about Sunday’s Bears-Packers game with fill feature his brother, Aaron Rodgers, quarterbacking against his pal and former Vandy QB Jay Cutler.

17.  The SEC is selling “5 Football National Champions In A Row!” T-shirts at its website…

18.  And naturally someone is taking issue with that decision.

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