Kennedy optimistic for 2009-2010 | Ole Miss Sports

I visited with Andy Kennedy this morning for an update on his walking wounded. Trevor Gaskins, Chris Warren, Eniel Polynice and Zach Graham are all progressing on schedule or ahead of schedule.

Next season had long been pegged as “the” year for Ole Miss basketball, but that thought process included the return of experienced players David Huertas and Malcolm White, who both left the program with eligibility remaining last year.

Kennedy doesn’t see those departures as particularly damaging, noting that a reduction in minutes was inevitable for Huertas, the fifth-leading scorer in the SEC last season.

With three guards returning to a roster already heavy with perimeter players, the Rebels will play a four-guard lineup at times next season. How much they’ll do that is unclear at this time.

Kennedy: “I’m not sure we’re going to be so dependent on one guy the way we were last year or even the year before. We’re not going to be so dependent on Chris to play 35 minutes and get us 20 points or upon Terrico, as we were at the end of last year, to go make every play for us to have a chance to be successful.

Even our front line, with the emergence of Murphy Holloway and the way DeAundre (Cranston) has changed his body with losing eight percent body fat, plus the newcomers coming in … You start looking up, and you’ve got 10, 11 and 12 guys that you feel pretty good about.”

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