Ole Miss Basketball: Center Dwight Coleby Picks Rebels over Memphis

Jon HancockSenior Analyst IOctober 15, 2012

Picture from MemphisRoar.Com
Picture from MemphisRoar.Com

Dwight Coleby, a 6'9" center from Piney Woods, Mississippi, announced he is committing to Ole Miss via Twitter Sunday night.

Coleby was expected to announce between Memphis, Georgia, Mississippi State and Ole Miss last Thursday, but decided to wait a couple more days before making his decision. He also had offers from Southern Mississippi, Arkansas, Georgetown, Nebraska and UTEP.

Coleby was considered a Memphis lean before he visited Ole Miss late last month.

The 3-star recruit is considered the 23rd best center by Scout.com and the146th best player in the 2013 class by Rivals.com.

ESPN.com says of Coleby:

Coleby is an extra long and very athletic center that is mobile and active. He runs the floor extremely well and on a consistent basis. He finishes drop off passers above the rim and powers through defenders to finish.

Coleby, a native of the Bahamas, averaged  18 points and 12 rebounds per game in his junior season at The Piney Woods School. The talented big man was forced to play on the junior varsity team last year after transferring.

The Rebels are hoping Colby will be a great replacement for senior Reginald Buckner, especially on the defensive end. Colby still needs to work on his offensive skills, but his length and athleticism will be a great asset in Mississippi's tough SEC conference play.

This is head coach Andy Kennedy first commitment for the 2013 class. Look for Kennedy to go after a wing and maybe a couple junior college transfers to close out the class.