Kennedy waiting on legal process as Moody, Escobar mend

Ole Miss basketball coach Andy Kennedy says he’ll let the legal process play out before deciding on a next course of action for his best player.

Senior guard Stefan Moody, the leading returning scorer in the SEC, was arrested for a first-offense DUI last weekend. A court date is upcoming.

Physically, Moody is much improved, Kennedy said. He has been recovering from surgery to repair a stress fracture in his lower left leg.

“We’re getting close to getting Moody back on the court. He’ll start with on-court activities in the next few days to get him back going. Everything has gone well,” Kennedy said.

The only other injury of note for the Rebels now is an ankle belonging to freshman guard J.T. Escobar.

“J.T. Escobar has had a little setback with some bone fragments around his ankle that had to be removed. He’s just now getting back to on-court stuff.”
A Parade All-American coming out of high school in Tallahassee, Escobar signed with Ole Miss for the 2014-15 season and actually worked out with the Rebels last summer before spending the year at Elev8 Prep Academy.

“It was a national prep school playing a national schedule against other D1 players. It really helped him become physically stronger, mentally older. He was in our program last summer, so it’s not like he’s coming in brand new. He has a much better understanding of life at this level. It was the right move for him and for us.”

The Ole Miss women’s basketball team has three players dealing with knee injuries, but all three are expected to be ready by early September, coach Matt Insell said.

The list includes junior Bretta Hart, junior Shequilla Joseph and Precious Person, a sophomore transfer from Rutgers.

Person’s injury occurred before she arrived at Ole Miss.

“We’ve had 10 kids on the floor this summer, and those 10 are really good. I feel really good about our roster,” Insell said.

Hart appeared in 19 games last year and averaged 2.5 points and 2.1 rebounds. Joseph averaged 3.6 points and 2.2 rebounds in 32 games.

Person, a 6-foot-1, guard/forward, sat out last season under NCAA transfer rules. She averaged 2.1 points and 1.1 rebounds in 31 games as a sophomore at Rutgers.


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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  • Killer_Beeze

    J.T. Escobar,a Parade All-American is finally on the team. I’ve often wondered what happened??? to him after he first signed and just dropped off the radar.
    This kid is suppose to be a formidable/prolific 3-point shooter. Looking forward to seeing him on the hardwood in the ALL NEW basketball arena.

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