Perez’ future

A lot of folks have wondered about the decreased minutes for Ole Miss forward Anthony Perez. Playing in only his second SEC game this season, Perez was important in the Rebels’ 72-71 win over Florida on Saturday.

The Florida game wasn’t a particular clean outing for Perez. In 12 minutes he picked up four fouls and there were holes in his defensive game.

His hustle, though, was unmistakable.

Perez played like a guy who hadn’t gotten a chance in a while – which is true – and didn’t know when his next chance might come.

It’s doubtful that Perez affected his status quo in a major way, but he at least has given Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy something to think about.

If he proves he can knock down that 3-point shot – and create off the dribble as he’s done before during his career – he’ll get more playing time. Scorers play. This team needs more consistent scoring. If Perez can provide it he’ll get more opportunities.

Kennedy lived with Marshall Henderson’s defensive issues last year. He’ll live with Perez’ if Perez shows he can score consistently.

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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