Highlights from the basketball press conference. Practice begins tomorrow. ...
I hope he has the year he's looking for, because senior forward Terrance Henry has the potential to be very entertaining at any given presser, such as today. He was on his way out of the room, his time before the cameras up when Reggie Buckner was settling into the chair in front of the backdrop.
But Henry couldn't leave he grabbed the interview mike and launched the first question to Buckner.
“What have you done to be a better post player?” he asked.
Buckner responded with something along the lines of being “in the gym and working hard.”
It will be good news for Ole Miss if Henry and Buckner can elevate their play and bring their consistency to a common level.
But they will forever be different personalities.
Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy knows he needs big things from Henry and Buckner.
“All the guys Reg and Terrance depended on in the past are gone. They're the upperclassmen, and they have to lead this group,” he said.
In other news …
Kennedy said he expects to hear from the NCAA “soon” regarding Murphy Holloway's status and if the rare double transfer, who is coming back to Ole Miss, will be allowed to play this season. The school is asking for a waiver of the NCAA one-year residency requirement for transfers.
Twice in the last 15 months Ole Miss has been successful with similar requests, both times for football: Jeremiah Masoli last year and Barry Brunetti this past spring.
Freshman guard LaDarius White is in school but has not been approved by the NCAA clearinghouse, and there's no word on when the NCAA might rule on White.
Senior reserve forward Steadman Short has a fractured ankle. It's healing, but he might be as many as three weeks out from getting on the floor.
Buckner says he “prays every night,” for the good word on Holloway from the NCAA. “We need Murphy, man.”
Kennedy seems to have a lot of confidence in freshman point guard Jarvis Summers (6-4, 184), of Jackson.
Summers has been described as a pass-first point guard, which is something very different than Ole Miss had four years – actually 3 1-2 healthy years – with Chris Warren.
There seems to be a toughness about Summers that has impressed his teammates, and he'll get an opportunity to make an impact early as highly regard Memphis transfer Jelan Kendrick will not be eligible until the close of the fall semester.
Miami, DePaul, Penn State and most likely Marquette are opponents the Rebels will face before Kendrick gets on board.
“Typically with freshmen it's like catching butterflies. Every other day is like Groundhog Day, and you have to coach the same thing over and over. I've not had that with Jarvis,” Kennedy said. “He's had an immediate ability to lead. He's always been a winner. There's a toughness and an edge to him. He'll have a great opportunity in the lead guard role early, because that's where the void is. Jelan won't be able to play until we get through the first semester.”