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Wednesday, August 1
Team preview: Mississippi Rebels

Returning Leaders
Points: Reed 17.3 ppg
Rebounds: Reed 5.9 rpg
Assists: Harrison 3.0 apg
FG %: Sanders 50.3%
3pt %: Harrison 36.2%
FT %: Harrison 83.3%

00-01 Stats:
Mississippi | SEC

The lowdown
2000-01 record: 27-8; 11-5 in SEC (1st in West)
Final Ranking: No. 9 ESPN/USA Today; No. 14 AP
Postseason: Lost to Arizona 66-56 in third round of NCAA Tournament.

Three Questions for 2001-02
1. Can Derrick Allen replace Rahim Lockhart's presence inside? Will he be a scorer and a bruiser for the Rebels?

2. Will Justin Reed become the leader Rod Barnes needs him to be this season? Will he be a defensive presence, too?

3. Who will replace Jason Flanigan's leadership? Will it be Jason Harrison at the point?

Andy Katz's Scenarios
Best case: The Rebels return as the sleeper again in the SEC West, win the division and earn a mid-level seed in the tournament.

Worst case: Lockhart's importance can't be equaled and the Rebels become this season's Alabama, falling a game or two out of the NCAAs and into the NIT.

Key Players Returning
Player Yr. Pos. Ht./Wt. Comment
Justin Reed So. F 6-8/225 PTS: 13.0 | REB: 8.1 | AST: 0.9
Aaron Harper So. G/F 6-5/205 PTS: 9.2 | REB: 2.9 | AST: 2.0
Jason Harrison Sr. G 5-5/155 PTS: 7.1 | REB: 1.9 | AST: 3.0

Key Losses
Player Pos. Ht./Wt. Comment
Rahim Lockhart F 6-8/255 PTS: 13.0 | REB: 8.1 | AST: 0.9
Jason Flanigan G 6-1/180 PTS: 7.2 | REB: 3.1 | AST: 2.2

Mississippi Signings
Player Pos. Ht. High School/College
Justin Johnson G 6-0 Fayetteville, N.C./Seventy-First H.S.
Jonathan Loe G 6-3 Memphis, Tenn./Bartlett H.S.
Mario Jointer G 6-2 Jackson, Miss./Jim Hill H.S.
Chris Rhodes F 6-7 Stafford, Texas/Houston Westbury Christian H.S.
Kendrick Fox F/G 6-7 Oxford, Miss./Lafayette H.S.

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