Posted on: May 5, 2010 9:40 pm
Edited on: May 5, 2010 10:13 pm
Sophomore Terrico White has informed the Ole Miss staff that he will remain in the NBA Draft, a source told CBSSports.com on Wednesday.
The school confirmed the report late Wednesday.
"I was informed today by Terrico and his family that he intends to hire an agent and stay in this year's draft,” said Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy. “They are comfortable with the information that they have received regarding his draft status and therefore will stay in the draft. Terrico is obviously a very talented young man who will always be a part of the Ole Miss Basketball family."
White averaged 15.1 points and 4.6 rebounds per game this season.
The 6-foot-5 guard is projected by most as a second-round pick.
Posted on: April 21, 2010 12:09 pm
Edited on: April 21, 2010 12:13 pm
Eniel Polynice is scheduled to graduate next month and has thus decided not to return for his final season at Ole Miss, the school announced Wednesday.
“I have enjoyed my experience as a student-athlete during my four years at Ole Miss,” said Polynice, who redshirted with an injury in the 2008-09 season. “I will be the first person in my family to graduate from college in a few weeks, and now I’m ready to pursue my dream of playing professional basketball.”
Polynice averaged 8.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists per game this season. He's the second Rebel to declare for the NBA Draft (the first was Terrico White), and could be one of three if Chris Warren also declares before Sunday's deadline. A source told CBSSports.com that Warren is still gathering information and undecided.
Posted on: April 9, 2010 2:44 pm
Ole Miss sophomore Terrico White will make himself available for the NBA Draft without hiring an agent, a source close to White told CBSSports.com on Friday.
An official announcement is not imminent, the source said, because White sees no need to rush it considering the deadline to formally declare isn't until April 25. But the 6-foot-6 guard will ultimately file the proper paperwork and work out for NBA teams, the source said. He'll then decide whether to remain in the draft with an agent or withdraw and return to Ole Miss. The deadline for underclassmen to withdraw is May 8.
White averaged 15.1 points and 4.6 rebounds this past season.
Most NBA sources believe he could go late in the first round or slip to the second.
Posted on: December 22, 2009 3:17 pm
AUSTIN, Texas -- Here's Tuesday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Why is Kansas State still three spots ahead of Ole Miss in the AP poll -- and six spots ahead of Ole Miss in the Coaches poll -- when they both are one-loss teams, and K-State's one loss is to Ole Miss by double digits? I know you have it right in your Top 25 (and one), but why can't anyone else who votes in these things get it right?
Like you said, John, I have Ole Miss at No. 12 and Kansas State at No. 13, and my reasoning is exacly the reasoning you pointed out. I have no idea how or why any anybody would put Ole Miss and Kansas State in a different order. But if you read the Poll Attacks every Monday, you know much of what happens in the AP and Coaches polls makes no sense to me.
It's baffling, really.
But I bet 10 percent of voters don't even know Ole Miss and KSU played.
Hell, I bet 25 percent of voters couldn't name three players on either team.
Posted on: April 13, 2009 2:42 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2009 4:16 pm
SEC Freshman of the Year Terrico White ending any speculation about his future plans when he informed Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy on Monday morning that he won't so much as test the waters of the NBA Draft. Consequently, the Rebels could now enter next season as the favorites in the SEC West considering every relevant player -- except Malcolm White (transferring) and David Huertas (announced Monday that he will play professionaly in Puerto Rico) -- will return and be joined by Chris Warren, Eniel Polynice and Trevor Gaskins, all of whom missed last season with knee injuries.
Oddly, it was those developments that helped identify White as an NBA prospect.
With limited options in the backcourt because of injuries, Kennedy had to let White handle the ball more, which allowed him to flourish and become a 6-foot-5 guard capable of running the point at the high-major level. That's when the NBA talk started. But White ended the discussion Monday and by extension solidified the Rebels a spot in the preseason Top 25 (and one) .
The Rebels were 26th in last week's version.
They could, however, move up in future rankings because of departures at other schools.
Posted on: December 19, 2008 2:06 pm
Ole Miss is still waiting on Chris Warren's MRI results. But a source close to the program told CBSSports.com that the team doctor has examined the knee and "has no doubt" the injury is a torn ACL.
That means that barring a miracle -- and it would be naive to expect one at this point -- the Rebels will play the remainder of the season without their sophomore guard who is averaging 19.6 points per game. Warren will join Eniel Polynice and Trevor Gaskins on the sideline and leave Andy Kennedy to navigate the SEC down three of his top four guards.
Warren was injured in Thursday's loss to Louisville.
Ole Miss returns to the court Monday against Florida A&M.
Posted on: December 19, 2008 1:02 am
Edited on: December 19, 2008 1:03 am
Andy Kennedy's "difficult 24 hours" concluded with Chris Warren limping, and though it's still too early to know for sure a source close to the Ole Miss program told CBSSports.com that the Rebels expect a Friday morning MRI will show that Warren tore his ACL in Thursday's loss to Louisville and will be sidelined for the rest of the season.
If so, OIe Miss will now be without three of its top four guards considering Trevor Gaskins and Eniel Polynice are already out with season-ending injuries. That would leave David Huertas as the only available Rebel who averaged at least six points per game last season.
Ole Miss (7-4) returns to the court Monday against Florida A&M.
Posted on: December 18, 2008 5:20 pm
Edited on: December 18, 2008 5:21 pm
Here's Thursday's Dear Gary ...
Dear Gary: Why was (Ole Miss coach Andy) Kennedy even out after midnight drinking the night before the game? Sounds careless to me.
I've heard similar claims today, and I'll just say this: The idea that Kennedy and his assistants were out for drinks the night before a road game isn't surprising, rare or exclusive to the Ole Miss staff. As a person who is on the road for basketball games all the time, I can tell you that it's pretty common for coaching staffs to hold a team meeting, get every bit of preparation done and then unwind a little bit. At that point, there is nothing else to do, and there are a lot of guys who leave graduate assistants or managers in charge of the team back at the hotel so that they can get a late drink, relax, whatever.
True story: I was in a bar last March the night before a Sweet Sixteen game, and I was walking out with a coach from a team that was playing the next day, and it must've been 2 a.m. Somebody recognized the coach and stopped him.
"You're out late," the person said. "Don't you have a game tomorrow?"
The coach's response: "The scouting report is done, the kids are in bed and it's not like I have to play tomorrow."
Seems reasonable to me.
So again, there is nothing out of the ordinary about a staff out drinking. Anybody who says otherwise probably just needs to get out a little more. The only crazy thing here is that the night culminated with two coaches getting arrested. And either way, it should make for an interesting television broadcast because a pair of Mississippi schools are competing in the SEC/Big East Invitational, and one of the coaches (Rick Stansbury of Mississippi State) just got out of the hospital while the other (Andy Kennedy of Ole Miss) just got out of jail.
Can't wait for the halftime interviews.