Ole Miss basketball and Andy Kennedy got some great news this weekend as 6'2, 180-pound JUCO point guard Sam Finley committed to the Rebels over Arizona State, Creighton and Tulane, according to the OMSpirit's Ben Garrett. This is a huge get for Kennedy as he will be looking to replace three senior guards from this past year's team.
The three guards that Kennedy is looking to replace are four-year starter and 1,000-Point Club member Jarvis Summers, talented wing Snoop White and graduate transfer Terence Smith. All three played over 15 minutes per game and were ball-handlers in Kennedy's offense in 2015. Finley will be looked upon to take on this role alongside Stefan Moody and hopefully someone else.
When taking a look at Mr. Finley on film, you see a smooth point guard with excellent court vision and an ability to put the ball on the floor and get to the hoop. While attending UC Riverside, Finley was named the Big West Conference's 2013-2014 Sixth Man of the Year. While at UC Riverside, Finley averaged 12.5 points per game, leading the team with 15 PPG in conference play.
After the conclusion of the 2014 season, Finley transferred to Howard College in Big Spring, Tex. where he went on to score 17 PPG and play 30 minutes per game. He also shot 44 percent from the field, 35 percent from three-point range and 70 percent from the free throw line. He will join the 2015-2016 Rebels as a proven scorer and will be a welcomed addition to Ole Miss as they will christen The Pavilion and look to make another NCAA Tournament run.
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Former Memphis Tiger Nick King announced that he would transfer after a season that saw him only start seven games for Josh Pastner and struggle to ever get in a rhythm offensively. The Memphis, Tenn. native averaged 7.2 PPG and five rebounds per game for the Tigers. When King played at least 15 minutes, he scored 15-plus, including 16 and grabbing seven rebounds against Sweet Sixteen team Wichita State.
At first glance, the 6'7 sophomore will remind Rebel hoops fans of Terrence Henry with his wingspan and southpaw shooting hand. King can stretch the defense and hit from the mid-range, as well as from deep. He is also capable of putting the ball on the floor and getting to the hoop.
As of now, there is no time table on the former four-star and top 50 player's decision of where he will be taking his talents, but according to CBS Sports' Gary Parrish could be down to Murray State and Ole Miss. If he were to choose to continue his basketball career in Oxford, he would in fact have to sit out a year due to NCAA transfer rules.
And no, there's no update on Malik Newman. No one has any idea what is going to happen.