Ole Miss women’s basketball lands commitment from top-100 recruit and transfer target

Published 10:28 am Monday, July 1, 2019

Coach Yo and the Ole Miss Women’s Hoops program have a handful of new faces to look forward to on the horizon.

Late last week, Ole Miss landed a commitment from the No. 31 ranked player in the country for the class of 2021, Kendra Gillispie. They then followed it up by adding one of their top targets in the transfer market over the weekend: Cincinatti transfer Andeija Puckett.

“Andeijah is a huge late pickup for us, and I’m glad that we had a scholarship available for her,” head coach Yolett McPhee-McCuin said. “She’s tough, athletic, and will transition well with the post play in the SEC. I am excited that we’ll have a redshirt year to work with her and improve her skill. ‘Deijah’ will be ready to impact us immediately.”

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Puckett, a center, played in every game this past year for a Cincinnati team that went 24-11. The numbers weren’t fantastic – 4.4 points and 2.7 rebounds – but the staff must be confident she’ll get back to more of what she was coming out of high school.

Now a junior who will have to redshirt due to transfer regulations, Griffin was statistically the best player ever from her high school in Georgia. As a senior in high school, she averaged 18 points, 10 rebounds and five blocks per game.

Speaking of high schoolers, Ole Miss continues to roll on the standard recruiting front. Friday, Gillispie committed to Ole Miss over offers from Oklahoma State, Nebraska and others. Rated as the third-best wing player in the class last season, as a sophomore Gillispie averaged 20.8 points, 13.9 rebounds and 3 blocks.

Her ESPN recruiting scouting report reads as follows: “Deceptively athletic perimeter prospect rebounds and handles in uptempo game; weaves through traffic and finishes plays in transition game; creates in the key, elevates on jumper in the lane, brings consistent offensive production in the key; pounds the glass, exploits mismatches.”

It’s an impressive run for Coach Yo, building this Ole Miss program. Despite winning just three SEC games last season, recruits are seeing enough from the Rebels to give Ole Miss a shot. In addition to Gillispie, the Rebels have signed one top-100 player from 2019 who will be on the team this year. They also have two top-100 players committed for the 2020 class.