Sometime after the close of the semester, by the Dec. 22 Troy game perhaps, Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy expects to have freshman guard Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey available.
Exactly what that means remains to be seen, but it does sound like Fitzpatrick-Dorsey will be able to help.
He will be only a true freshman, but he’s not coming into completely unknown surroundings. He was with Ole Miss in the summer before an academic issue sent him back to Elev8 Sports Institute.
Rivals rated him a three-star prospect but the nation’s No. 144 player.
“He’s 6-5, he’s a guard. Maybe he can help us some with the ball, and maybe he can help us off the ball,” Kennedy said. “It gives us another body, another option. And he’s a guy that was here with us this summer. Obviously he’s going to be lost for a few weeks, but he’s a guy that is familiar with where things are, and he’s familiar with his teammates. They know what he can do. I’ve got a pretty good understanding of his skill set. My hope is he can come in and figure this stuff our pretty quickly where he can help us once we get into league play.”
Kennedy also expects to soon have junior forward Terry Brutus. Again, what exactly that means remains to be seen.
As a freshman three years ago Brutus played much higher than his 6-foot-6 frame. He was a rebounding presence then.
Since that time he’s gone through a number of injuries and surgeries and has played in only two games.
Brutus is expected to be cleared for full participation later this week. He could see game action within the next two or three weeks, Kennedy said.