Former Arizona State forward, Romello White has committed to Ole Miss. White is a grad transfer with one year to play.
Ole Miss needed a big man, Khadim Sy has never played more than 23 MPG, Romello White is used to a big workload. Ole Miss returns Devontae Shuler, Blake Hinson, K.J. Buffen, Khadim Sy, but lose Breein Tyree. White is a really consistent player, averaging nearly a double-double the past 2 seasons at ASU, he should fit in well in Oxford. White had offers from Michigan State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Vanderbilt, and all of those made sense, Ole Miss fits but I thought he’d pick one of them. The Rebels finished 12th in the SEC last season at 15-17, which was a disappointing season after reaching the NCAA Tournament the previous year
Ole Miss also adds former Rider guard, Dimencio Vaughn, as a graduate transfer, Robert Allen from Samford, granted he has to sit-out. Ole Miss also adds a Top-50 recruit guard in Matthew Murrell. Coach Kermit Davis has done a really good putting this team together. They’ll need some guys to step up if they want a chance at a tournament bid, but they can get there.
Here’s the Projected starting 5 for Ole Miss
PG- Devontae Shuler
SG- Diminceo Vaughn (Rider)
SF- K.J. Buffen
PF- Blake Hinson
C- Romello White
That’s not a bad team, there is a lot of veteran leadership in that lineup. Shooting may be a concern but if they can consistently get the ball on the block to Romello White they’ll be fine. One of White’s best skills is being able to pass well out of double teams, he did it a lot this past year at Arizona State, if he gets doubled at Ole Miss, he could find Shuler for a three. Coach Davis likes playing through a big-man like Reggie Upshaw, who was at Middle Tennessee who was always consistent, this is Kermit Davis’ best big-man since Upshaw. With Upshaw Middle Tennessee defeated Michigan State as a 15 seed in the NCAA Tournament, we may be able to see a similar impact from White. They won’t be a 15 seed if they make the tournament, but they have the talent to make a run.