OXFORD – The Ole Miss men’s basketball team struck gold in a recruiting area in which it hasn’t had much success lately: Mississippi.
The Rebels signed Jackson point guard Dundrecous Nelson, who currently stars for Murrah High School, and center Demarcus Cox, who plays at Yazoo City High School.
Both are top 100 four-star prospects as rated by Rivals.com, Cox at No. 80 and Nelson at No. 86.
Together they represent the first multiple Mississippians signed by Ole Miss since former coach Rod Barnes signed Jackson-Provine’s Justin Reed, Aaron Harper and David Sanders in 2000.
“With us being the University of Mississippi, any time we have the chance to sign quality players from our state it’s something we deem very important,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said. “We’re very excited about these two young men and what they bring not only to our program but to our university.”
What they will bring to the program are different styles.
Nelson (5-foot-11, 185) combines nice perimeter shooting with strong defensive skills.
“He is very gifted athletically, and because of his physical attributes he has an opportunity to dominate on both ends of the floor,” Kennedy said.
Nelson had offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Kansas State, UAB, Southern Cal and Mississippi State.
Cox is 6-9, 300 and is also a four-star football prospect. He will pursue basketball and had scholarship offers from Alabama, Tennessee and Arkansas.
While Kennedy likes nimble and quick postmen, he likes what he sees in Cox.
“To go against big bodies you have to have big bodies,” Kennedy said. “When he catches it in an operational zone he’s a very effective scorer.
“His quick feet make him a very intriguing prospect not only in our sport but also in football.”
Both Nelson and Cox are expected to qualify academically.
The last Mississippi native to earn a basketball letter at Ole Miss was Oxford native Kendrick Fox in 2001.
Ole Miss is not expected to add additional signees this recruiting period.
Lady Rebels land six
The Ole Miss women’s basketball team inked one of its largest classes in school history Wednesday, as six high school seniors signed to play for the Rebels next season.
“This is the best signing class we’ve had at Ole Miss since I’ve been here,” Rebels’ head coach Renee Ladner said. “We have always had really good players at certain positions, but this particular class we have solid players at every position.”
The Rebels’ signing class includes: Pasonna Hope, a forward from Cleveland, Ohio; Kenyotta Jenkins, a 6-foot-1 forward from Potts Camp; Valencia McFarland, a point guard from Raymond; Shae Nelson, a 6-1 forward from Memphis; Ja’Monica Orton, a forward from Dayton, Ohio; and Jasmine Trotter, a 6-3 post player from Marion, Ark.
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