After missing the NCAA Tournament last season, The Ole Miss Men’s Basketball team has their sights set on making a return to March Madness. The Rebels are busy on the court preparing for the start of the season on November 3 against Morehouse at The Pavilion, but they are busy on the recruiting trail as well.
4-Star guard Devontae Shuler has announced his commitment to the Rebels as a member of the 2017 recruiting class. The 6’3, 185-pound guard out of Oak Hill Academy in Virginia is now the highest ranked recruit of the 2017 class. Shuler averaged 10 points, 2.3 assists, and 2.5 rebounds per game at Oak Hill during his junior season. As a versatile weapon with size and speed, Shuler has the potential to become another great scorer in Andy Kennedy’s system which has produced players like Stefan Moody and Marshall Henderson.
Ole Miss now has two high-profile guards headlining their 2017 class, after picking up the commitment of Parker Stewart, a 6’5 guard out of Union City High in Tennessee. According to 247sports.com the Rebel’s 2017 class ranks 7th in the conference, and 43rd nationally. Auburn is at the top of the rankings in both the SEC and nationally. Time will tell if Shuler’s commitment will attract other big names to Oxford, but Andy Kennedy has to feel good about the direction he has the program headed in, with a new arena and a solid start to the 2017 recruiting process.
The Rebels missed out on postseason play in 2015 after falling to Alabama in the second round of the SEC tournament, but did finish the season with 20 wins. The type of players that Kennedy is focused on bringing in can be a big help in getting over the hump and making back to the NCAA tournament in the near future.
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