What became an impressive postseason run for Ole Miss basketball in 2013 began with a floater in the final seconds of the Rebels’ SEC tournament opener against Missouri.
What followed — an SEC tournament championship, an NCAA second-round win against 5 seed Wisconsin — would not have been possible without that shot.
It’s a shot that was replayed at every Ole Miss home game this season in the form of video highlights.
The author of that shot was Derrick Millinghaus, then a freshman, and now he has a new home. The Schenectady, N.Y., native will go further south — to Southeastern Louisiana — to continue his college basketball career.
Expect more changes on the Ole Miss basketball roster in the days ahead to make room for a class of seven newcomers for a program that had only one Senior Day participant, Marshall Henderson.
In the case of Millinghaus, his minutes diminished as his sophomore season went on, coinciding with a drop in production. Millinghaus scored in double figures in seven of the Rebels’ first eight games, then had 31 points over the first two SEC games.
The roster shake-up has been questioned, but it’s not uncommon, and Andy Kennedy has the support of Ross Bjork on this. They talk about wanting to create the best college basketball experience for the player, and ultimately, nothing speaks to a player like playing time.
The likelihood is not all of those signees make it to campus, another way in which the numbers will work themselves out.
Southeastern Louisiana was 12-18 last year, 7-11 in the Southland Conference. The Lions made an NCAA tournament trip in 2005 under current Texas A&M coach Billy Kennedy.