#50 Ole Miss Men's Basketball 2021-2022 Preview

Ole Miss Rebels
2021-2022 Overall Rank: #50
Conference Rank: #8 SEC
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This will be Kermit Davis’ fourth season at the helm for Ole Miss. The Rebels have won double-digit SEC games in two of three years under Davis and made one trip to the NCAA Tournament. Last season, Ole Miss was a one-seed in the NIT, so they were right on the doorstep of going dancing in 2021. This year, the Rebels lose three starters, including leading scorer Devontae Shuler. They do get their next top scorer back in Jarkell Joiner, along with a group of solid transfers and a top-50 caliber recruit in Daeshun Ruffin. Mississippi should find themselves in a similar position as last season in the middle of the SEC.

2020-21 Record: 16-12, 10-8
2020-21 Postseason: NIT
Coach: Kermit Davis
Coach Record: 51-42 at Mississippi, 454-280 overall
Key Departed Players:
Devontae Shuler, Guard, 15.3 ppg
Romello White, Forward, 11.4 ppg
KJ Buffen, Forward, 8.4 ppg
Khadim Sy, Forward, 3.1 ppg
Dimencio Vaughn, Guard, 1.7 ppg
Key Returning Players:
Jarkell Joiner, Senior, Guard, 12.0 ppg
Luis Rodriguez, Junior, Guard, 7.6 ppg
Matthew Murrell, Sophomore, Guard, 4.2 ppg
Robert Allen, Senior, Forward, 3.6 ppg
Austin Crowley, Junior, Guard, 2.4 ppg
Sammy Hunter, Junior, Forward, 2.2 ppg
Key New Players:
Jaemyn Brakefield, Sophomore, Forward, Transfer from Duke
Nysier Brooks, Senior, Center, Transfer from Miami (FL)
Tye Fagan, Senior, Guard, Transfer from Georgia
Daeshun Ruffin, Freshman, Guard
Grant Slatten, Freshman, Guard
Eric Van Der Heijden, Freshman, Forward
James White, Fresman, Guard
Only two full-time starters return from last year’s squad for Ole Miss. Jarkell Joiner had a strong first season at Mississippi, starting 24 games and averaging 12.0 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.1 steals per game. Joiner is a fifth-year senior who will provide veteran leadership in the Ole Miss backcourt. Luis Rodriguez missed most of 2019-20 with an injury and bounced back last season starting all 28 games. Rodriguez is a glue-guy type player that does a little bit of everything as he averaged 7.6 points, 6.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.6 steals. Matthew Murrell, Robert Allen, Austin Crowley and Sammy Hunter all return after each played a reserve role last season. Murrell is a former four-star, top 50 recruit in the nation who could take a big step forward as a sophomore this season. Ole Miss will have three transfers that can make an immediate impact in 2021-2022. Jaemyn Brakefield is a former five-star recruit who spent last season at Duke. Brakefield averaged 3.5 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.5 minutes per game as a freshman. Nysier Brooks is a highly experienced big man entering his sixth collegiate season. Brooks spent his first three years at Cincinnati before transferring to Miami (FL) where he sat out one season before playing as a fifth-year senior last year. Brooks, a seven-footer, will give the Rebels some much needed size and experience at the center position. Tye Fagan spent the last three seasons at Georgia and started 25 games as a junior, averaging 9.2 points and 4.3 rebounds. Ole Miss also welcomes four freshmen highlighted by Daeshun Ruffin, a four-star recruit ranked just outside the top 50 nationally. Ole Miss has a solid mix of experience and young upside that should lead them to being in the running for an NCAA Tournament appearance.
Projected Postseason Tournament: NIT
By the Numbers:
Scoring Offense: 68.8 (237th in nation, 13th in conference)
Scoring Defense: 63.6 (29, 2)
Field-Goal Percentage: 44.1 (173, 7)
Field-Goal Defense: 42.0 (94, 7)
Three-Point Field Goals Per Game: 5.2 (326, 14)
Three-Point Field-Goal Percentage: 30.0 (311, 13)
Free-Throw Percentage: 70.2 (199, 10)
Rebound Margin: 4.6 (49, 2)
Assists Per Game: 12.2 (234, 11)
Turnovers Per Game: 14.0 (222, 8)
Madness 2021 Men’s Basketball Recruit Rankings:
#47 Daeshun Ruffin