Saiz impresses; Buford is Dandy

by John Luke McCord

Sebastian Saiz clearly has impressed a lot of people with his performance in the recent U-19 World Championships. He, of course, plays for his native country of Spain.

Fran Fraschilla recently said, “Ole Miss fans Christmas came early for you…”

A scout for the Washington Wizards, Ed Tapscott, said he would be following up with Saiz and he was going to recommend him to the Wizards’ front office.

As you can see, Saiz is turning heads. That is music to the ears of Rebel basketball fans, as they knew he would have to play early to help replace Murphy Holloway and Reginald Buckner, now there is reason to believe he can do that effectively and early.

That last tweet is especially promising to Ole Miss fans, as Fran Fraschilla calls him an NBA prospect in time. While one issue here is the replacing of two of the school’s most productive bigs ever, the other big issue for Ole Miss is its lack of presence in the NBA. While Saiz’s pro career still seems a ways off, it could eventually be a big help to the Rebels.

It may be early, but this is shaping up to be a big recruiting win for Andy Kennedy, Sergio Rouco and Ole Miss basketball, as they knew about Saiz early and were able to snag him before major competition came along.

Buford is first player named to 2014 Dandy Dozen

Each year the Clarion Ledger names their list of the 12 best prep football players in Mississippi. They do a 12 day countdown, naming one player each day. Today marked the first day and the first player for the 2014 Dandy Dozen. That player was DK Buford of Lafayette County High School in Oxford, MS, and he happens to be an Ole Miss commitment.

Buford is highly regarded prep that first burst onto the scene as a sophomore and during his sophomore and junior seasons was recruited heavily alongside then teammate, Jeremy Liggins. However, he committed to Ole Miss this past February and that has been that. While he is still pursued, he never really blew up when the 2014 cycle rolled around because he quietly and quickly committed to the hometown Rebels. Buford also carries a reputation as a track star in Mississippi and also a standout baseball player for Lafayette.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

Posted in Basketball, Football, Recruiting
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