Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy had a softer tone today when talking about the possibility of more minutes for younger players in his frontcourt.
Following the Rebels’ 76-72 loss at Mississippi State on Saturday he indicated that it might be time to give the younger guys more of the load.
Speaking on the SEC teleconference earlier today Kennedy said: “We’re still evaluating that. I’ve not been pleased with our production as it needs to be with our front line unit. In the second half we got production out of a number of young guys, namely (Dwight) Coleby, who is just now getting into form after an earlier injury. (Anthony) Perez helped us some at the 4. He’s played a number of positions here in two years, some on the wing, but his ability at the 4 makes us more versatile not only offensively, but he was active with six rebounds as well. That’s something we’ll continue to experiment with.”
This was Kennedy after the MSU game: “The advantage to having a veteran team is if kids play like they have experience. It does you no good if you’re a veteran and you play as if it’s the first time you’ve ever been in a college basketball game. Then you (as a coach) are going to opt to play a younger kid to give him the same opportunities you’ve been giving the veteran. We may have to turn the page to some of our younger guys and give them the same opportunities we’re giving some of our older guys, because we’re not playing as experienced as I would hope our upperclassmen would.
The Rebels are at home Wednesday night at 8 against LSU, which will bring a lean and athletic frontcourt to Tad Smith Coliseum.