Andy Kennedy has been busy. He beat out Gregg Marshall and Wichita State to secure a verbal commitment from three-star guard Serrel Smith last week and now he’s got him another one after junior college shooting guard Brian Halums pledged his verbal commitment to Kennedy Thursday night.
The 6’5, 185-pound shooting guard from Itawamba Community College chose the Rebels over offers from Arkansas Little-Rock, Cal-State Bakersfield, FGCU, Louisiana Monroe, Murray State, UT-Martin, UTEP, and interest from Iowa State and LSU. The Fulton, Miss. native lead the Indians in points per game (17.3), rebounds per game (7.5), three-point percentage (44.8%) and was second on the team in field goal percentage (55.1%).
After he finishes up his sophomore season at Itawamba this year, he will arrive in Oxford with two years of eligibility remaining.
How does he fit in?
Scout’s Ben Garrett says Halums “has been described by sources as a ‘monster, athletic wing’ and the ‘best JUCO wing in the Southeast. His game has been compared to that of current Rebel guard Terence Davis.’” Well, if you ask me, that sounds fantastic. The guy can absolutely jump out the gym or hit you with a step back jumper after stopping on a dime. His wingspan gives him an advantage on the elbow shooting jumpers over taller defenders and he has a nice back-to-the-basket game complete with some face-up moves that will be tough for lesser athletic forwards to defend.
This is a big-time upside get for Kennedy and his staff. The athleticism is there. The no fear, put the ball on the floor mindset is there. And yep, you guessed it, that hair trigger from deep is there as well. As a freshman at ICC, he was without a doubt the best player on the floor almost every night and he should thrive in A.K.’s get up and down the daggum floor and score offense. Y’all should be excited for Brian, he is going to be fun to watch.