The 2019 season, despite all its highs and lows, was dampened by the inability for the Rebels to get anything out of their post players offensively or defensively.
Well, head coach Kermit Davis said enough was enough now that he has hit the recruiting trail hard in the 2019 class and again has found a potential solution now that four-star Daytona State College power forward Khadim Sy has verbally committed to Ole Miss while on an official visit in Oxford. Sy joins teammate Bryce Williams in the 2019 class with three-stars Rodney Howard, Antavion Collum, and Sammy Hunter.
Sy announced that he would choose between a final three of ECU, Ole Miss, and Pittsburgh after he was scheduled to officially visit LSU and didn’t show and rejected advances from Arkansas and new head coach, Eric Musselman. Now, he is a Rebel and Kermit has gone toe-to-toe and won with not only two SEC West rivals, but also Jeff Capel, another Power 5 head coach who has experience in the trenches of big-time recruiting.
The former Virginia Tech Hokie has been a bit of a journeyman since enrolling in Blacksburg. He enrolled, played, then left VT. He then enrolled at Tallahassee Community College before ultimately leaving the basketball team and finishing out the semester as a student only.
He then returned to Buzz Williams team before leaving again and joining the team at Daytona State. Since making his way to the Falcons, he dominated junior college play in the post, averaging 16.8 points, shooting 55 percent from the field, and hauling in 10 rebounds per game. Daytona State finished out the 2018-2019 season with a 25-7 record.
Sy chose to commit and sign with the Rebels over notable offers from SEC West rivals LSU and Auburn, ECU, Pittsburgh, and Texas Tech among others. Before he got to DSU, Khadim started 28 games as a freshman for the Hokies in the 2016-17 season, when he averaged 4 points and 2.7 rebounds while averaging 11.4 minutes.
The newest Rebel is an Oak Hill alum, where he played with current Reb, Devontae Shuler, and was on a national championship team there. In fact, he had the title-winning tip-in against La Lumiere (Ind.) in the 2016 DICK’S High School Nationals Tournament at Madison Square Garden.
How does he fit in?
I’ll take “PERFECT” for $1000, Alex.
At 6’10 and 245-pounds, he is a HUGE post presence that is skilled and physical. He excels on the low block, creating space with his strong lower half and finishing with authority above the rim. But, the big fella can also get outside and work you off the dribble as well. And if he gets a full head of steam, watch out, because he won’t hesitate to put it on your head, believe that.
I fully expect Khadim to start day one in an Ole Miss uniform. He gives you the size that Dominik Olejniczak gives you, but has tons more athleticism, attitude, and defensive ability. He averaged almost three blocks a game at Daytona State this year and will absolutely send it back if you invade his space in the paint.
This is a HUGE signing for Ole Miss basketball as they have desperately needed a post presence since Kermit arrived and have been eaten up on the boards all-year long.