Ole Miss hoops signs five players in early signing period
Although Ole Miss basketball begins its season Friday, all eyes were on the recruiting front Wednesday, as the Rebels signed five players in the NCAA early signing period.
The class includes two top-20 junior college players, two top-150 high school players and a highly-touted international prospect. Ole Miss has four seniors on the roster this season.
Tyrek Coger — 6-foot-8, 240 pounds — Raleigh, N.C.
Coger, a 3-star center, is the No. 17 junior college prospect in the country. He is averaging 12 points and 8.3 rebounds this season at Cape Fear Community College. Coger committed to Missouri as a 4-star prospect coming out of high school.
“Ty is a big body that really understands how to play block to block,” Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy said in a release. “He uses his body to create angles inside to score and he rebounds his area efficiently. Ty has good length and hands, which will allow him to complement our frontcourt next season.”
Justas Furmanavicius — 6-foot-6, 210 pounds — Kaunas, Lithuania
Furmanavicius, a 3-star small forward, is the No. 18 junior college prospect in the country. He is averaging 13.3 points and 6.2 rebounds this season at Three Rivers Community College. Furmanavicius is shooting 62 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range.
“Justas is a versatile, athletic forward who plays with great energy,” Kennedy said in a release. “His versatility will allow him to help us at either forward spot, and his toughness and approach gives him a chance to make an immediate impact on next year’s team.”
Nate Morris — 6-foot-9, 240 pounds — Lancaster, Texas
Morris, a 3-star center, is the No. 183 player overall and the No. 26 center in the nation. He averaged 10 points, nine rebounds and three blocks as a junior, as he led Lancaster High School to the Texas Class 5A state championship last season. Morris also played with the Dallas Mustangs AAU program, the same team that former Ole Miss guard Marshall Henderson played on.
“Nate is a long, athletic post player who can really run and protect the basket,” Kennedy said in a release. “He is an elite shot blocker who plays with great energy. Coming off a state championship run last season at one of the highest classifications in Texas, Nate will be poised to make his presence felt for us next season.”
Karlis Silins — 6-foot-10, 225 pounds — Latvia
Silins, a member of the Latvian Under-18 National Team, averaged 14.8 points, 7.5 rebounds and two blocks last year for Latvian team VEF Skola. This season, he has totaled three double-doubles and is shooting 41 percent from 3-point range.
“Karlis is an international player who we are very excited about,” Kennedy said in a release. “At 6-10 he can block shots at the rim and also stretch the floor with his ability to knock down perimeter shots. As a member of the Latvian National Team, he brings a lot of international experience which will help his transition to the SEC.”
Breein Tyree — 6-foot-2, 186 pounds — Metuchen, NJ
Tyree, a 3-star point guard, is the No. 41 point guard in the nation and the No. 233 overall player. He averaged 18.8 points, 4.9 assists and 3.3 steals as a junior at St. Joseph High School, which produced former Kentucky star Karl-Anthony Towns and Vanderbilt guard Wade Baldwin.
“Breein is a dynamic guard who makes big plays,” Kennedy said in a release. “He can score as well as distribute with equal effectiveness due to his explosive athleticism and understanding of the game. Breein comes from one of the most respected high school programs in the northeast, and we expect him to make an immediate impact in our program next season.”