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

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1. Key players entering the NBA Draft

The month of May has to be one of the most stressful times for NCAA Basketball fans. Besides graduating seniors, one-and-dones and surefire lottery picks, there are around 150 underclassmen testing the waters. Many will at some point announce that they’re coming back to school but there are a good amount who’ll decide to stay pro.

For Ole Miss Basketball, there are two players who have submitted their name to the NBA Draft – Devontae Shuler and Breein Tyree. Besides Davis, these were the other two double-digit scorers for the Rebels and played a pivotal role in their success this season.

Tyree led the team with 17.8 ppg and was an All-SEC performer. He had a pair of career-high 31 point games and was an efficient shooter from the field. His name isn’t anywhere among the top 100 NBA Draft Big Boards and is undersized as a two-guard at the next level. Tyree could come back for his senior season, improve his ball handling and passing abilities to become a better pro prospect. At the same time, his measurables will never be favorable and after a great individual campaign, could go pro overseas.

Shuler is a better NBA prospect than Tyree is, although his name also isn’t mentioned on draft boards. The 6’2 sophomore was very efficient and productive all-around, scoring in double figures, grabbing over four rebounds a game and become the starting point guard this year. Shuler also was a good defender, averaging 1.7 steals a game. His overall athleticism makes him an intriguing prospect down the road and if he can provide more scoring, could become a real candidate to leave after his junior year.

If either should leave unexpectedly, it would be a real blow to the Rebels’ hopes of dancing next March. But this could become of the best backcourts in the SEC if both Shuler and Tyree come back for 2019-20. And a great year from them could bring Ole Miss Basketball closer to sending a player to the NBA along with Tyree.