Ole Miss Basketball Forward Jaemyn Brakefield Heading Back to Oxford for the 2024-25 Season

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Ole Miss Basketball Forward Jaemyn Brakefield is staying in the Sip for the 2024-25 season.

It's been a whirlwind few weeks for Ole Miss Basketball, with head coach Chris Beard attacking the transfer portal with great success. Five players have committed to the Rebels since April 13, with the latest being Sean Pedulla.

On April 26, Ole Miss had some excellent news regarding a current rostered player. Forward Jaemyn Brakefield announced on social media that he was running it back for the 2024-25 season.

Brakefield averaged 12.9 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 2.4 assists per game during the past season. The senior has spent the last three seasons with his home state Rebels after spending one season with Duke during his freshman season.

It's great news for Coach Beard, as the team currently needs more height. However, Beard is pushing to add more players from the portal, potentially at least one over 7 feet tall.

Ole Miss Currently Holds a Top-8 Transfer Portal Class

After a flat back end to the past season, Chris Beard has reacted by utilizing the transfer portal. As of April 26, Ole Miss holds a top-8 transfer class, with commitments from five top players. 

Three of those players averaged over 16 points per game, with all five together averaging 16.7 points per game last season. All five players bring something different to the roster, with Beard adding flare and top-tier shooting.

The Rebels are still working on the portal, and the team is in a good position to land Javon Small and Pop Isaacs. However, adding more height to the roster could be Beard's next move. As of April 26, no player on the roster was over 6-foot-9.

The transfer portal is set to close on May 1, but players who officially entered the portal before then can still commit after that date.