Attrition was expected this off-season in Oxford. Redshirt freshman Franco Miller entered the portal and now another redshirt freshman has joined him, vacating yet another spot on Kermit Davis’ roster.
Albany, Ga. native Carlos Curry has joined Miller and will no longer be a part of the Ole Miss Rebel basketball program, per a Twitter announcement from Curry on Thursday morning.
Ive officially entered the transfer portal !! Thanks Coach Davis and staff for the opportunity.. Its been nothing but love and good vibes ❤️..— Carlos Curry (@_carloscurry) March 26, 2020
The former three-star recruit chose the Rebels over offers from Clemson, Florida State, and Oklahoma among others. Curry averaged a double-double as a senior and was an all-state selection. Most thought with his 7’3 wingspan that he would make an impact in the Ole Miss front court after a redshirt year, but with the addition of Khadim Sy and emergence of KJ Buffen and Sammy Hunter, minutes were hard to come by.
With yet another opening on the end of the bench, I anticipate Davis and his staff will be hitting the transfer portal hard, looking to fill a spot (or two).
Names like Wichita State’s Jamarius Burton, Houston Baptist’s Ian DuBose, Radford’s Carlik Jones, Quinnipiac’s Kevin Marfo, Pitt’s Trey McGowens, Duke’s Alex O’Connell, Louisville’s Darius Perry, and Southern Cal’s Kyle Sturdivant are ones you need to know moving forward.
O’Connell and Sturdivant might ring a bell as the Rebs previously recruited them but the others are graduate or transfer portal prospects. I fully anticipate the Rebels trying to not only add a big, scoring guard but also a tough inside presence as well.
All have either been offered and/or touched base with the Ole Miss staff.
COVID-19 has put everything on hold but the portal has been quite active despite social distancing and quarantining. Once things begin to return to some semblance of normalcy, coaches around the country are going to want to strike quickly.
I expect Kermit Davis to share that same sentiment.