Where Do Ole Miss Basketball Land in the On3 Way-too-Early Top 25 Rankings?

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Ole Miss Basketball made the top 25 of On3s latest way-too-early basketball rankings.

Ole Miss Head coach Chris Beard saw his team drift away during Southeastern Conference play after a strong 13-0 start in non-conference games. Heading into his second season with Ole Miss, Beard has effectively worked the transfer portal.

On3 has acknowledged the potential upside for Ole Miss Basketball in the 2024-25 season, considering the returning players and the new recruits and transfers. In his 5.0 way-too-early rankings, James Fletcher II placed Ole Miss at No. 24, Marking the team's second appearance after being ranked No. 23 in his 4.0 rankings.

The Rebels were among seven Southeastern Conference teams to make the top 25, two spots behind their nearest SEC rivals, Texas A&M.

One SEC team that didn't make the top 25 was John Calipari's new team. Arkansas. Fletcher stated that teams without a full rotation of players would not be considered, meaning it won't be long till the Razorbacks crash the top 25. There will also be plenty more movement over the next several months.

New Transfers Combined With Returning Talent is an Exciting Mix for Ole Miss 

Despite losing several players to the portal and the NBA Draft process, the only significant losses to the team were Allen Flanigan and Matthew Murrell. However, the Rebels get back their third-leading scorer, Jaylen Murray.

Beard also saw Jaemyn Brakefield and junior guard TJ Caldwell announce they were heading back for the 2024-25 season. Beard is excited about Caldwell, who showed his importance to the team in glimpses last season. 

The five players Beard has brought in via the transfer portal are highly rated, especially Sean Pedulla and Dre Davis. Combined, all five players averaged 16.7 points per game last season, more than Matthew Murrell's 16.2 points per game during the 2023-24 season.

Four-star 2024 freshman John Bol could feature, and the big center is expected to have a bright future with the Rebels. On paper, there is a lot to be excited about for Ole Miss Basketball, with a long stretch until the new season.

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