OXFORD – Coming off its first NCAA tournament appearance in more than a decade, Ole Miss basketball practice is under way, and the Rebels will take part in their campus media day Tuesday.
Senior guard Marshall Henderson had a big part in last year’s 27-9 as he led the SEC in scoring at 20.1 points a game.
Rebels coach Andy Kennedy announced in the summer that Henderson was suspended for unspecified team rules violations, but Henderson is practicing with the team.
The Rebels will have to replace seniors Murphy Holloway and Reggie Buckner in the frontcourt, as well as big guard Nick Williams, but will return an experienced backcourt with guards Jarvis Summers, LaDarius White and Derrick Millinghaus joining Henderson.
Sophomore forward Terry Brutus was expected to help in in the frontcourt but sustained a torn ACL earlier this month and will miss the season.
MISSISSIPPI STATE: Year two of the Rick Ray era begins Monday as Mississippi State holds its first team practice of the fall.
The Bulldogs return eight active players from Ray’s initial season in Starkville which was riddled with roster attrition, suspensions and injuries. MSU finished 10-22 overall and 4-14 in conference play in 2012-13.
Andre Applewhite, Wendell Lewis and Jacoby Davis return from season-ending knee injuries a year ago while freshman point guard I.J. Ready is added to the fold.
State will open the season Nov. 8 at home against Prairie View A&M.