Kennedy, Rebels begin practice this afternoon

The Ole Miss men’s basketball team will begin practice for the 2014-2015 season today at 2.

It’s a little bit anti-climactic given the relaxed restrictions by the NCAA which allow for a little more time for coaches to observe players during the off-season plus the practice and games the Rebels were allowed during a summer trip to the Bahamas.

“We just want to continue developing as a team,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “These guys have been pretty competitive, and one through 10 they’re pretty even.”

They’re also pretty healthy for the official start of practice though Terry Brutus will not be a part of things.

Brutus was an energetic post reserve two years ago and gave the Rebels some rebounding help before sitting out last year after tearing his ACL in the off-season following his freshman year.

Since then he’s also had an ankle surgery which has slowed his rehab.

Kennedy expects Brutus to be ready in a couple of weeks.

“We think he’s getting closer, but we don’t want to rush him. He’s had two pretty serious injuries,” Kennedy said. “We won’t put him in contact until he’s physically ready.”

The Rebels were 19-14 last year, 9-9 in the SEC and missed postseason for only the second time under Kennedy who is beginning his ninth season as coach.

More on Ole Miss basketball in tomorrow’s Daily Journal.

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.

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