Ole Miss Basketball Recruiting Tracker: Rebels target Big Mayar Wol with offer
College basketball is approaching this special time of year, so it’s never too early to anticipate the next wave of top prep players entering the game.
From Ole Miss’ perspective, an unbalanced 2021-22 season will stress the recruiting needs of Kermit Davis and company during the home stretch of the recruiting process, particularly during the official visiting season.
State star Jacob Gazzo, a front or center projection of Mccomb (Miss.) Parklane Academy is the only verbal commitment to the program in the recruiting class of 2023. The Clarion Ledger Dandy Dozen selection also plays baseball in high school.
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UPDATE APRIL 25 AT 11:50 a.m.:
A new Ole Miss offering in the Class of 2023 was released on Sunday.
Mayar Wol, a wing of the Hickory (NC) Moravian Prep Academy, reported a new expansion to the Rebel program. He also added one from Georgia on Sunday.
Listed at 6’8″, just under 200 pounds, Wol has drawn previous offers from Georgia Tech, VCU, Ohio, South Alabama and Eastern Kentucky.
By MaxPreps, he averaged 12.3 points per game as a junior.
UPDATE FROM APRIL 11 AT 1:15 PM:
Ole Miss is busy in the transfer gate as the college basketball offseason begins and there’s a new name to watch in Kenneth Lofton Jr.
According to Jon Rothstein, Ole Miss is among several programs interested in the second student from Louisiana Tech, who is also considering submitting his name for the 2022 NBA draft.
Last season, Lofton started 33 games for the Bulldogs and led the team with 16.5 points per game. He nearly hit a double-double in every other outing, recording 17 during the season. Last summer, he won a gold medal with USA Basketball at the FIBA U19 World Cup 2021 in Latvia.
UPDATE FROM MARCH 26 AT 11:00 PM:
Ole Miss offered a point guard who has yet to receive much notoriety. Elijah Crawford comes from Augusta (Ga.) Augusta Christian School. The 6’1″, 170-pound point guard had previously received extended offers from Xavier and Wichita State, but his offer from Ole Miss is his first Power Five offer.
Only a rising junior, Crawford’s recruiting could be set to take off despite the fact that he still has two more years to play in high school basketball. A highly talented dribbler and shot-maker, Crawford is a combined playmaker.
When he wants to shoot, Crawford can be quite difficult to defend. He’s still able to set up teammates for shots as well. Depending on his size when he signs his letter of intent in about 18 months, Crawford could also play two guards and be more of a scoring threat.
MARCH 14, 8:45 p.m. Update:
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A new rebel basketball target is on the radar in the Class of 2024.
Over the weekend, sophomore Jason Asemota announced a new Rebel Coaching Staff Scholarship offer. The Phenix (Arizona) standout Hillcrest Prep is considered one of the best wingers in the class, ranked in the top 20 on the 247Sports Composite at present.
Asemota has reported more than a dozen offers, including several from the SEC like Auburn, Florida, Georgia and others. Beyond the footprint, he also has Kansas, Memphis and others on his trail.
Listed at 6’9″, 185 pounds and a Massachusetts native, Asemota isn’t expected to make a decision anytime soon.
MARCH 1, 6:30 p.m. Update:
One of the best rebel basketball targets is ready to make his choice.
Amaree Abram, a guard at Southern California Academy in Castaic, Calif., announced his plans to commit over the weekend via social media on Tuesday.
The class of 2022 will end the process on Saturday night, considering programs like Louisville, Maryland, St. John’s and DePaul in addition to Ole Miss. He visited the Oxford campus recently, about two weeks after walking away from an initial engagement. at Texas A&M, and expects to have an immediate impact if he chooses the program.
“I think I would fit into the SEC system, especially theirs,” Abram said. Walk3. “Like I said, a lot of schools want me to come in and be a key factor. I know they have guards but I think me and those guards could be big names in the SEC. They want me to come in and make an impact early on.”
Abram was offered by Rebel staff in November.
FEBRUARY 19, 5:00 PM Update:
A week from Saturday, one of Ole Miss basketball’s top targets will be in town for an official visit.
According to Joe Tipton, Brandon Gardner will make an official visit to Oxford from February 26. The big man from the Raleigh (NC) Word of God Christian Academy, who could project himself as a power forward, recently paid an official visit to St. John’s in New York City.
In addition to Ole Miss and SJU, Gardner has been on campus at LSU and Auburn this season. The junior played his first and second seasons at South Carolina State.
By Walk3Memphis could become a late factor in a college recruiting that could wrap up as early as this summer.
The 6’7″, 200-pound prospect averaged 9.1 points per game and 7.7 rebounds per game as a sophomore. Considered one of basketball’s top 100 rookies by most points sales that cover basketball recruiting, Gardner has better numbers as an upper class at his new school.
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