Sat, 11/14/2009 - 00:28 — Press Release
OXFORD, Miss. ? The Ole Miss men’s basketball team has received national letters
of intent from a pair of Mississippi high school seniors, head coach Andy
Kennedy announced Wednesday. Highly touted prospects Demarco Cox of Yazoo City
and Dundrecous Nelson of Jackson will join the Rebels for the 2010-11 academic
“We are very excited to welcome two outstanding Mississippi
players to our team for next season,” Kennedy said. “With the addition of
Dundrecous Nelson and Demarco Cox, the future of Ole Miss Basketball looks very
A 6-foot-8, 285-pound center, Cox averaged 15 points and eight
rebounds and led coach Archie Carlyle’s Yazoo City HS to the North State Finals
as a junior. The four-star recruit is rated the No. 80 overall prospect and No.
9 center in the nation by Rivals.com and No. 83 overall and No. 22 power forward
by ESPN.com/Scouts, Inc.
A four-star recruit in football as the nation’s
25th-rated offensive tackle, Cox received interest from many schools in both
sports and chose Ole Miss over the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Maryland and
Mississippi State. He played AAU ball with MBA Hoops Elite under coach Omhar
“I believe Demarco will be a very solid SEC player,” Carlyle
said. “The chance to stay at home and play in the SEC was big for him. He’s very
strong, has great hands and moves exceptionally well for his size. Even though
he is constantly facing double and triple teams in high school, he is still a
very productive player for us. I know Coach Kennedy and his staff are excited to
have him be a part of their program, and Demarco is very excited about Ole
A senior at Murrah High School, Nelson is rated the top player in
the state of Mississippi by Scout.com a year after he averaged 17.5 points,
eight assists and four steals per game as a junior under legendary coach Bob
Frith, whose program has produced NBA players such as Othella Harrington,
Lindsey Hunter and Mo Williams, as well as former Rebel standout Joezon Darby.
The 5-foot-11, 190-pound guard is also rated the nation’s 86th-best overall
prospect and No. 21 point guard by Rivals.com and the No. 30 point guard by
“I think Dundrecous will fit right in with Ole
Miss’ up-tempo style of basketball,” Frith said. “He brings a lot of quickness,
and he’s unbelievable going to the basket. He’s an outstanding athlete, and his
future is ahead of him. He has a lot of potential. I think in college he can
actually be a better defensive player than a lot of people think, because he’s
so powerful. He ranks right up there with the best we’ve had come through our
Known for his slashing style and ability to finish at the rim,
Nelson has been a member of the Jackson Panthers AAU team under the direction of
coach LeMond Roy. Nelson picked Ole Miss over such schools as Alabama, Arkansas,
Kansas State, Mississippi State and USC.
Both Cox and Nelson have
been named preseason candidates for The Clarion-Ledger’s Dandy Dozen, which
honors the state’s top prep basketball players each year. Each is off to a hot
start this season, as Cox posted a 20-point, 14-rebound double-double in his
first game back following the football season, and Nelson had 32 points and six
assists in a win at McComb on Tuesday.
They represent the first Ole Miss
signees from the Magnolia State since Kennedy arrived in 2006. The last in-state
signee signee to earn a letter for the Rebels was Kendrick Fox (Oxford) from the
The duo will join a Rebel squad that should return the
vast majority of its players next year after featuring only one senior this
season, forward DeAundre Cranston.
Ole Miss tips off the 2009-10 season
this Friday at 6 p.m. against the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.