January 9, 2008

Holloway credits Ward's recruitment

The Ole Miss men's basketball team certainly knows how to get out to an early start. The Rebels 13-0 start proves that.

But Thursday, Andy Kennedy and the Ole Miss basketball staff, showed they know how to close on the recruiting trail.

Ole Miss picked up its fifth commitment for 2008 by adding Rivals 150 prospect Murphy Holloway.

Holloway, a 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward from Irmo High School in Dutch Fork S. C. was widely considered to be one of the top prospects remaining after the early signing period.

The Rebels closed in on Holloway late, beating out Maryland, South Carolina, Tennessee, Clemson, Auburn, DePaul and Oklahoma State for the 134th-ranked player in the 2008 class.

Holloway credited Ole Miss assistant coach Torrey Ward for helping land his commitment.

"It was Coach Ward," he said. "He's just a good person. He did a good job making me feel right at home."

Holloway, a three-star prospect, said he will visit Oxford in the upcoming weeks.

Through 11 games this season, Holloway's put up big-time numbers. He said he's averaging 28 points, 15 rebounds and 3 blocks a game.

"I go hard all the time," he said. "I'm not one dimensional. I can do whatever the team needs."

Holloway said he's not seen Ole Miss play this season, and he'll be taping the Rebels' game with Tennessee Thursday night.

But even though he's not seen Ole Miss play, Holloway turned to some other sources for information.

Holloway said he spoke with his former AAU teammate and current South Carolina guard Devan Downey about Downey's time with Kennedy at Cincinnati, and Downey raved about his former coach.

Holloway also consulted Ole Miss signee Terrico White, who he met at a tournament earlier this year.

"He told me to come down to Ole Miss and we'll get it done," Holloway said.

Holloway joins White, Terrance Henry, Brandon Wilson and Will Bogan in the Rebels' 2008 class. Henry, White, Wilson and Bogan all signed letters of intent during the early signing period.

"I like the class. Everybody has his position," Holloway said. "Terrico's a two. Terrance will play the four.

"We're not stacked at any one position. I like that."

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