Ole Miss Basketball: 3 key storylines for Rebels in 2019 offseason

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After a great season, Ole Miss Basketball has some work to do this offseason. What are the key storylines for the Rebels going forward?

Few teams overachieved this past NCAA Basketball season more than Ole Miss Basketball. Under first-year head coach Kermit Davis, the Rebels went from 12-20 the season prior to 20-13, including a trip to the NCAA Tournament. Even though the roster was more or less the same and the SEC as a whole was strong, the new-looked Rebels performed admirably to have a successful campaign.

But now the season is over and Ole Miss Basketball will have some roster restructuring. They lose three seniors to graduation, including guard Terence Davis. He averaged 15.2 ppg this past season, as well as leading the team in both rebounds (5.8 rpg) and assists (3.5 apg). His absence will hurt, along with sixth-man Bruce Stevens and D.C. Davis, who provided backup on the perimeter. Ole Miss also took a hit to the transfer market, with 7’0 big man Dominik Olejniczak opting to leave the team.

But the Rebels also bring in some talent as well. Four-star shooting guard Austin Crowley leads a top-40 recruiting class to Oxford, one of five players in total. They also look to add another transfer themselves to shore up any other holes they currently have. With some NBA Draft decisions and possible roster additions, the Rebels have plenty of noteworthy storylines in the coming months that could have a big effect on the 2019-20 basketball season. Here are some specific topics.