The Ole Miss basketball team reportedly lost the top-rated signee from its 2017 class on Friday, releasing Jamarko Pickett from his letter of intent.
The Ole Miss coaching staff was notified of Pickett’s request for the release by the National Letter of Intent Office, according to Antonio Morales of The Clarion-Ledger.
Pickett is the No. 76 overall recruit in the 2017 class, per the 247Sports composite.
After missing the NCAA Tournament last season, coach Andy Kennedy did not get his contract extended. According to Morales, Kennedy has three seasons remaining on his deal. Morales also indicated that former Rebels assistant Bill Armstrong, who is now an assistant at LSU, was Pickett’s lead recruiter at Ole Miss.
It also doesn’t help the Rebels that a number of SEC programs, such as Alabama and Missouri, landed 5-star players and brought in top recruiting classes. The SEC is shaping up to be even more challenging for the Rebels this season.