Andy Kennedy and Co. are adding a big-time transfer to their roster. Literally and figuratively.
7'0, 249-pound former Drake center Dominik Olejniczak (pronounced oh-la-knee-check) confirmed to ESPN that he's heading to Ole Miss, where he'll join former New Mexico guard Cullen Neal as the second transfer this offseason.
Hotty Toddy :wink:— Dominik Olejniczak (@DOlejniczak44) May 15, 2016
The Torun, Poland native, who also considered California and Colorado, will have to sit out the 2016-17 season because of transfer rules but will have three years of eligibility after that.
Olejniczak played in 30 games as a freshman at Drake, starting eight of them while averaging 16.4 minutes per game. His 6.5 points per contest doesn't jump out out at you, but he came on down the stretch, averaging 10.3 over the final nine games. He also shot 72.2 percent from the field and 68 percent from the charity stripe on the season, chipping in 4.1 boards per game and 21 total blocks.
We joke here at the Cup that Kennedy really likes 6'9 players, but snagging a legit 7-footer is a big get for the program. With the Rebs losing Tomasz Gielo (6'9) and Anthony Perez (6'9) this year and Sebastian Saiz (6'9) after next year, the additions of Olejniczak and incoming commit Nate Morris (6'10) should give the Rebels some punch in the paint.
Olejniczak's finesse playing style is typical of European players, though his size should allow him to bang down low against SEC competition. You expect most players with his skill set to play facing the basket, but Dominik has a nice post game as well. He will almost assuredly be taking very high percentage shots (dunks) since he is 7'0", but he also seems to have a nice touch around the rim. He shows above average athleticism for a big man and should be able to run the floor in transition for trailing buckets and rebounds. It may take a while for his offensive game to develop, but Olejniczak should immediately be an enforcer on the defensive end, blocking shots and collecting rebounds.
Regardless of the skill set and game right now, this is a really good addition for the Rebels.