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Devontae Shuler returning for senior season

What was considered a foregone conclusion by many was confirmed on Monday.

Devontae Shuler announced on his Instagram account he will return to Ole Miss for his senior season and give Kermit Davis more veteran leadership on the court.

In his junior campaign, Shuler made 32 starts and averaged 11.7 points, 3.3 assists and 4.5 rebounds.

“I appreciate Ole Miss fans for everything they have done for me these past three years in one of the best conferences in college basketball,” Shuler’s post read. “I had the chance to experience March Madness with you guys. This was one of the hardest decisions to decide during my journey, but I would like to make another run for my senior year and show my ability 100-percent before I advance to play pro basketball.”

With Shuler returning, he will be joined on the court by senior Bryce Williams, Ryder transfer Dimencio Vaughn, sophomore Austin Crowley and former Oxford High School standout Jarkel Joiner. Joiner transferred from Cal State Bakersfield and had to sit out during the 2019-20 season.

After reaching the NCAA Tournament during the 2018-19 season for the first time since 2015 the Rebels went 15-17 and 6-12 in conference play last season.