On Monday, Ole Miss added Miami 7-footer Nysier Brooks to the roster. Now, head coach Kermit Davis has added former Georgia Bulldog Tye Fagan to the 2021-2022 roster. The Thomaston, Ga. native entered the NCAA Transfer Portal at the end of March following the end of Georgia’s 2020-2021 season.
Fagan started 25-of-26 games for Tom Crean last season, averaging 9.2 points and 4.3 rebounds per game with a team-best 58.7 field goal percentage.
The former Upson-Lee (Ga.) standout chose the Bulldogs over notable offers from College of Charleston, East Carolina, Florida Gulf Coast, Georgia Tech, LSU, Middle Tennessee, South Florida and Xavier.
In high school, Fagan was named the Class 4A State Player of the Year as both a junior and a senior after leading Upson-Lee to back-to-back state titles and undefeated seasons (63-0). As a senior, he averaged 25.0 points, 7.3 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.5 assists for a 31-0 team. Fagan is Upson-Lee’s all-time leading scorer as well, finishing his prep career with 2,038 points.
It was @Tyefagan's senior night, and my dude showed out tonight. @UpsonLeeSports finishes 24-0, back-to-back perfect regular seasons for the Knights. Fagan finished with 33 points and a couple posters tonight— Cam Gaskins (@CamGaskinsTV) February 3, 2018
TELL 'EM DON'T JUMP TYE pic.twitter.com/WThMYgVgLt
Since signing with Georgia in 2018, the 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard played in 89 games and scored 450 points, shooting 56.4 percent from the field.
The newest Rebel will have two years of eligibility remaining when he arrives in Oxford.
Davis and his staff were most likely angling for one of the two remaining spots to go to a good-to-great outside shooter. Although Fagan doesn’t exactly fit that bill (28 percent career shooter from three-point range), he is an experienced SEC guard that should be able to compliment and take the pressure off Jarkel Joiner, Matthew Murrell, and incoming McDonald’s All-American Daeshun Ruffin.
Fagan has the length to defend bigger guards from baseline-to-baseline and is athletic enough to create his own shot off the dribble and finish in transition. I expect him to immediately compete for a starting role in the backcourt and be a solid, every day kind of player that can be counted on in a pivotal year for Ole Miss basketball and it’s trajectory moving forward.