Kermit Davis has walked into a difficult roster situation which has him scrambling to find recruits and transfers to fill five spots on the roster. When he started the job, he lost his two high school signees to a release. With two junior college signees already in the fold and the recent commitment of KJ Buffens, there are two spots up for grabs. While the staff is pursuing a number of high school prospects (which I significantly prefer), Davis has also mentioned they will play the transfer market as best they can.
With that in mind, I thought it might be good to look into who some of the best transfers were. Ole Miss has significant needs down low, but I think there’s room for a quality guard as well. More than anything, I’m looking for a player who is relatively consistent, given the trouble this team had last season. It’s important that any player they sign makes shots at a good clip as well. I have not paid attention to whether these players are hearing from Ole Miss, and I don’t want to pretend I have connections enough to know which transfers are being pursued. I’m just trying to get good options on a list.
Marcus Carr – Pitt - 10 PPG, 4 APG
Carr had a strong freshman season at point guard for the Panthers. A top-150 recruit out of high school, Carr chose the Panthers over Cincinnati, Houston, and Virginia Tech. Carr In his best game of the year, Carr scored 22 points against UNC, going 8/11 with five assists to two turnovers. He is only 6’1”, but that’s not especially small for a point guard. Carr would be a big addition, even though he’ll have to sit a year.
Ehab Amin – Texas A&M CC – 16.9 PPG, 3.4 SPG
Amin led the nation in steals as a junior but had to take a redshirt as a senior while dealing with a hip injury. He is hotly sought after, as an excellent perimeter defending point guard. It sounds like he’s bound for Texas A&M (not Corpus-Christi).
Nat Dixon - UT-Chattanooga - 13.8 PPG, 39.5% from three
Dixon has already been on campus and would be a nice addition to the team as someone who can knock down threes with consistency. It’s tough to know how his game might translate to the SEC’s ultra-physical and reckless defense, but he’s a big guard who is a reliable shooter. This team could benefit greatly from a true scorer from outside, which is something it doesn’t really have.
Sacha Killeya-Jones – Kentucky - 3.3 PPG, 2.9 RPG
Killeya-Jones was a super-recruit out of high school who has failed to make an impact in two seasons at Kentucky. The 6’10” big man is capable of incredible things, but it’s tough at Kentucky when you aren’t elite. It’s no secret that Ole Miss really needs players at the four and five, and Killeya-Jones would help tremendously there.
Malik Hines - UMass - 9 PPG, 6 RPG
The 6’10” Jackson native has spent three years with the Minutemen and has announced he will transfer. The Minutemen struggled through the A 10 last year, but that wasn’t Hines’ fault, as he led the team in rebounds and shot a respectable 73% at the charity stripe.
Wyatt Walker – Samford – 12.9 PPG, 9.7 RPG, 33% from three
Walker is a stretch four who isn’t just resigned to hanging out at the three point line. He fights for rebounds and loose balls and is a solid shooter from anywhere. He’s being courted by a lot of programs, but I sure hope Davis and company throw their hats in the ring.