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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 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 – 3/4/11 Part Two

1.  Auburn spent $2.9 million on the BCS Championship Game leaving the school with a $614,106 deficit for the trip.  (Worth every penny, I’m sure.)

2.  JaMychal Green says Alabama will bounce back from Tuesday’s blowout loss at Florida.

3.  Les Miles says “there’s some confidence here” heading into spring practice 2011.

4.  The Tigers will spend a lot of time on their passing game during spring drills.

5.  Dan Mullen says his team was “baby-stepping” as MSU’s spring practice got underway yesterday.

6.  Here’s a look at the major issues facing State this spring.

7.  And remember, depth charts don’t mean much in March.

8.  Nathan Stanley is ready to go through yet another quarterback battle at Ole Miss.

9.  Left tackle Bradley Sowell says UM has been working “to clean up the act around here” during the offseason.

10.  Tomorrow will be Senior Day in Oxford for Chris Warren and Zach Graham.

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Some SEC West Headlines To Go Under Your Tree

1.  Alabama is hoping the Christmas break will help heal up a number of injuries.

2.  If Julio Jones leaves for the NFL early, the door will be open for young Bama wideouts next year.

3.  Former Duck coach Mike Bellotti breaks down the differences between the Oregon and Auburn offenses.

4.  Continuity has been a key to success for Arkansas’ offensive line.

5.  The NCAA is having to explain why five Ohio State players won’t begin their suspensions until after the Sugar Bowl against Arkansas.

6.  LSU and Stevan Ridley don’t expect an answer to their NCAA appeal until next week at the earliest.

7.  Ridley was already thinking about jumping to the NFL before his academic suspension.

8.  Trent Johnson says his basketball team’s struggles have to do with getting “bigger, stronger and quicker.”

9.  Zach Graham scored 16 points coming off the bench, but Ole Miss still fell 68-61 to Colorado State yesterday in Cancun.

10.  MSU AD Scott Stricklin says Dan Mullen’s new contract is 95% complete.

11.  Michigan’s Denard Robinson draws comparisons to Cam Newton.  (Sure, if Cam Newton were 6-0, 193 instead of 6-6, 250.)

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