By Parrish Alford/ NEMS Daily Journal
OXFORD – With the wave of Ole Miss attrition apparently complete, the 2009-2010 roster which included only one senior will look very different in 2010-2011.
There will be no Terrico White and no Murphy Holloway, two players who contributed their share of thrills in 40 wins over two years.
Now it’s time for the Rebels to move on.
The program is not stripped bare of talent, but a playing rotation will rely heavily on newcomers much as it did two years ago when White and Holloway were freshmen.
Point guard Chris Warren, a senior, will again be the epicenter of Ole Miss basketball. It was his team last year and will be his team again.
Lacking frontcourt experience and depth, it will be a guard-heavy roster, and Warren’s 3-point shooting will be the focus.
Sophomore Reggie Buckner will step into the center position. He established himself as one of the SEC’s top shot-blockers last year. He needs to continue to develop offensively and to stay out of foul trouble.
Junior Terrance Henry is a candidate at power forward. His body is more finesse than power, though he did add weight between his freshman and sophomore seasons to get up to 202 pounds. Additional weight gain would be a bonus and would allow him to play longer minutes against bigger opponents without getting worn down.
The small forward and shooting guards are interesting spots.
Senior Zach Graham will bring size and experience to small forward. He shot 39.1 percent from 3-point range last year. He’ll need to shoot the 3 more this year, because there may be less shooting from the shooting guard.
Indiana transfer Nick Williams, rated the nation’s No. 30 prospect by ESPN.com two years ago, doesn’t shoot the 3 much. He does many other things, though, slashing, getting to the rim, rebounding and getting steals.