Sunday, September 30, 2007

Basketball Commit

I am stealing this post from a post over on the Strands of Crepe Paper Blog, dedicated to Ole Miss basketball. But the Roundball Rebels picked up a commitment on Friday from a player in Memphis. I know nothing about this player, but the big deal is the fact Kennedy got a recruit out of Memphis. I can not tell you the last time the Rebels were able to get a commitment out of the city of Memphis. This is big news for the coaching staff, as Memphis is a strong bed for basketball talent. Hopefully this commitment will lead to relationships the staff can build on down the road.

Take a look at this blog for more basketball news:
In a bit of a surprise, Memphis Craigmont guard Terrico White committed to our coaches last night. While White has been on campus several times in the last few years, his name has not been prominently mentioned as of late as a major target. It looked as though our major targets at off guard were Chris Babb and Will Bogan but White's out of left field commitment probably takes their slot.
White (no relation to Malcolm White) first camped at Ole Miss back when Rod Barnes was coach. He has camped at AK's camp the last two years so we have been well aware of him for a while. He has had a scholarship offer since his junior year. Most people had Terrico pegged as an Arkansas commitment since he appeared to be leaning that way this fall (he had a scheduled Fayetteville visit this weekend). He also had some connections to John Pelphrey; White played on the M33 Magic AAU team (Memphis Grizzly forward Mike Miller's AAU team that he founded and sponsors). Pelphrey recruited and coached Miller at Florida. I know that seems ridiculous but connections are becoming all important in basketball recruiting. Malcolm White also played on this AAU team some.
Terrico White is an above average athlete (however I don't believe the 42 inch verticle stuff being floated) who was a standout D1 quarterback prospect at Craigmont before he gave the sport up. He can bomb from long range and that is his forte'. He has good size for an off guard (6-5, 200). Keith Easterwood said way prior to Terrico's commitment that his defense is what has kept him from being a prospect that every high major is on. He must really step up and make a commitment there. Perception is reality and he is probably not good defender. That is where AK will have to get his attention.
Anyway, this is an overall exciting commitment. I can't think of another Ole Miss signee from the city of Memphis since John Cantrell in '94 or '95 out of MUS (I can't think of one from the public schools). Easterwood also said last spring that the Ole Miss staff was the most visible college staff in that city, so it's nice to see our legwork there was not in vain.