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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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SEC Headlines – 1/5/11 Part One

1.  Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart and strength coach Scott Cochran could get raises today.  (Smart was connected to the Florida job, but will remain in Tuscaloosa.)

2.  This writer says there’s no reason for the biggest stars at Bama and Auburn to return for their senior seasons.

3.  Cam Newton says Papa Cecil will be in attendance at Monday’s BCS title game.  (Tickets are going for about $180,000.)

4.  This writer believes Newton the Younger will provide a bright future for some NFL franchise.

5.  Stats don’t matter to Auburn’s defense.

6.  This Arkansas writer tries to Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive after last night’s Sugar Bowl loss.

7.  While the football Hogs were losing in New Orleans, John Pelphrey was taking his worst beating yet — 79-46 — at the hands of Texas.  A bad night in the Ozarks.

8.  LSU defensive coordinator John Chavis says he’s never had a linebacker as versatile as Kelvin Sheppard.

9.  Hey, fans, Gary Crowton was frustrated by the Tigers’ offense this year, too.

10.  Ole Miss is still searching for an identity as they prep for a game at SMU tonight.

11.  A loss to the Mustangs could crush UM’s NCAA Tournament hopes…

12.  And the Rebels might be without Trevor Gaskins due to a hamstring pull.

13.  If Manny Diaz leaves for Texas, defensive line coach and co-defensive coordinator Chris Wilson would likely replace him in Starkville.

14.  It looks like the rest of Dan Mullen’s staff will stick around another year.

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SEC Headlines – 12/23/2010 Part Two

1. Cam Newton – the Associated Press Player of the Year-  doesn’t have a favorite play yet, but others do.

2. Gene Chizik has “proven a legion of naysayers wrong.”

3. The Alabama football team reports to Orlando on Christmas night.

4. LSU appeals the decision that made  Stevan Ridley ineligible for the Cotton Bowl.

5. The NCAA wants additional information from LSU on its self-reported violations.

6. North Texas 75 – LSU 55.  Tigers blown out on their home court.

7. Arkansas 67 – Texas Southern 59.  Razorbacks go on a 14-1 run to put the game away.

8. Arkansas wants a raise for all their assistant football coaches.

9. Washington State 83 – Mississippi State 57.  Renardo Sidney expected to play today against San Diego.

10. The Gator Bowl trip expected to be a money loser for Mississippi State.

11.  Next year’s game between Mississippi State and LSU will be on Thursday night.

12. Ole Miss 83 – Texas State 72.  Trevor Gaskins scores 21 off the bench for the Rebels.

13. The naughty and nice of 2010 sports.

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SEC Basketball Headlines 11/27/2010

1. UAB 70 – Arkansas 65. Razorbacks lose in overtime.

2. Oles Miss 84 – Penn State 71. Trevor Gaskins scores 24 points in Rebels victory.

3. Mississippi State 92 – Troy 83. Bulldogs beat Troy in overtime.

4. Tennessee 78 – Villanova 68. Vols win the NIT Tip-Off Title.

5. Temple 65 – Georgia 58. Owls beat the Bulldogs in the Old Spice Classic.

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