Ole Miss fans got exciting news on Monday! While speaking on 929 ESPN Radio, the father of star Memphis hoopsters Dedric and K.J. Lawson said that his sons would probably transfer to either Ole Miss, Duke, Iowa State or Kansas. The brothers announced last week that they intended to leave the Tigers program along with their father, Keelon, who served as an assistant under Josh Pastner but was moved to an off-court role when Tubby Smith took over last season.
If Andy Kennedy landing a pair of former top-50 high school prospects sounds too good to be true, it very much is. Less than three hours after dad finished his radio interview, news broke that the brothers will transfer to Kansas.
Let’s be real; this was never going to happen. While Rebel hoops recruiting has taken a step forward with the construction of the new arena, Ole Miss still has no chance to compete for signatures with the country’s top programs. We saw something similar last season when Malik Newman, the 2015 McDonald’s All-American who considered Ole Miss before committing to Mississippi State out of high school, ended up transferring to Kansas.
With that said, an elite recruit transferring from Memphis to Oxford isn’t unheard of. Remember Jelan Kendrick, the McDonald’s All-American who joined the Rebels in 2011? The difference between he and the Lawson bros is that Kendrick had been kicked off the Tigers team and faced limited interest from top programs because of it.
If nothing else, though, the fact that talented players like Newman and the Lawsons would even ostensibly mention Ole Miss as a potential destination is a positive sign that the program’s reputation is trending in the right direction. Baby steps, y’all.