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Rebels announce five-man class during early signing period

Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy announced a five-man signing class Wednesday that includes two players featured in the 247Sports’ Composite top-20 junior college ranking, two high school players in the 247Sports’ top-150 ranking and one of the top 18-and-under prospects in eastern Europe.

Tyrek Coger, Justas Furmanavicius, Nate Morris, Karlis Silins and Breein Tyree all signed national letters of intent to join the Rebels for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Coger, a 6-foot-9, 230-pound post player at Cape Fear Community College, is ranked the No. 18 junior college prospect in the nation by 247Sports and is averaging 12.0 points and 8.3 rebounds a game this season, while shooting 64 percent from the floor. A Raleigh, North Carolina native, Coger originally committed to Missouri as a four-star high school prospect out of Word of God Christian Academy in 2012.

“Ty is a big body that really understands how to play block to block,” Kennedy said. “He uses his body to create angles inside to score and he rebounds his area efficiently. Ty has good length and hands, which will allow him to complement our front court next season.”

A native of Kaunas, Lithuania, Furmanavicius is ranked the No. 17 junior college prospect in the country according to 247Sports and is averaging 13.3 points and 6.2 rebounds per contest this year, while shooting 62 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3 for a 5-1 Three Rivers Community College squad. The 6-7, 210-pound forward earned honorable mention NJCAA All-America honors as a freshman after averaging 11.0 points and 7.8 boards a game to help lead Three Rivers to a 23-8 mark and the NJCAA Region 16 semifinals.

“Justas is a versatile, athletic forward who plays with great energy,” Kennedy said. “His versatility will allow him to help us at either forward spot, and his toughness and approach gives him a chance to make an immediate impact on next year’s team.”