by John Luke McCord
As you could imagine, Andy Kennedy was asked and spoke mostly of Marshall Henderson on the SEC coaches teleconference this morning. That’s not surprising due the media following that seemed obsessed with Henderson last season due to his ability on the court and his charm, for a lack of a better word, off the court.
He was asked why Henderson wrote an apology after the season concluded and had this to say about it, “He is a coaches’ son and realized and appreciates the opportunity Ole Miss has given him. He just wanted to reach out to Rebel nation and apologize for his actions.”
He then spoke about improvements he is making going into year two, “I always say that the most improvement comes from year one to two, whether that is a freshman becoming a sophomore or a junior becoming a senior. He learned last season how to deal with the media and opposing fans. He will be better.
“In this his first full summer with us, he’s been in the weight room a bunch. He’s trying to get physically stronger. He’s only 6-2 so he has to get stronger. He’s also working on his ball handling. He can obviously shoot, so we’re trying to help him be a better ball handler.”
The recoveries of Demarco Cox and Aaron Jones were also discussed. They are both still rehabbing and the plan is to get both of them full go with the team by the end of August going into preseason camp.
The injury bug isn’t limited to just Cox and Jones, however. Signee, Janari Joessar, showed up to campus injured as well. He has a foot injury that Kennedy called, “similar to Demarco’s, but not as severe.” He said Joessar had surgery to repair the foot and will spend the summer finishing his rehab. He also said that Jarvis Summers has been, “banged up.” This is why Marshall has been forced to work on his ball handling, as in the absence of Summers, he has seen more of the ball on offense.
Kennedy on non-conference scheduling, “They’re(the SEC) just making sure we’re using all the resources we have, which are plentiful, being in the greatest league in America, to be non-league competitive. Our non-league schedule was almost complete before the meetings in Destin(for SEC summer meetings).”
Kennedy said that the schedule has been sent in to the SEC office for approval, but that it included a home and home with Oregon starting this season. Also a home and home with Dayton and Kansas State(as a part of the SEC/Big 12 challenge). The Rebels will play Georgia Tech in the opener of the Barclays Classic, after that there possible match ups with St. Johns or Penn State.
As for the offseason, Kennedy had this to say, “We’re just going at it like everybody else this summer. We’re working hard for the Fall, it’ll be here before we know it.”