Murphy Holloway opts for Ole Miss

Multi-talented, 6-7, 217-pound wing forward Murphy Holloway (Irmo, S.C./Dutch Fork), one of the nation's top 10 unsigned Class of 2008 prospects, has become the fifth recruit this year for coach Andy Kennedy's vastly improved Mississippi program.

Holloway is a strong, exceptionally athletic wing player who reminds us of Michigan State's outstanding sophomore forward Raymar Morgan, a 2006 high school All-American.

Rated as the No. 71 prospect in the Class of 2008 by ESPN, Holloway chose Ole Miss over Clemson, Maryland, Tennessee and South Carolina, among others.

"Coach Kennedy told me that I have a chance to come in and play and possibly start right away," said Holloway.

"I really like their style of play and their coaching staff. They've been playing really good basketball this year, too, so the choice became pretty easy."

Holloway was outstanding last spring at the Bob Gibbons Spring Evaluation Clinic at Clemson University in April and was one of the top wing forwards at the LeBron James Skills Academy during July.

Reportedly, Holloway still has some work to do academically before he can officially sign during the spring period which begins April 16.

He would elevate Mississippi's already strong class of early signees: 6-9 PF Terrance Henry and 6-5 G/F Brandon Wilson, both of Carroll (Monroe, La.); "Steve Nash play-a-like" 6-1 PG Will Bogan (Caldwell, Idaho/Vallivue); and high-scoring 6-4 2G Terrico White (Memphis, Tenn./Craigmont).

Bob Gibbons is the editor and publisher of the All Star Sports Report and is widely regarded as the recruiting guru of college basketball. Drop Bob a line in his mailbag.