The University of Mississippi basketball jinx continued today, as sophomore forward Malcolm White announced he's leaving the basketball team for personal reasons. In a release issued by the school, Mac said:
"I have decided to leave Ole Miss in order to finish my career closer to my family in Louisiana. I have really enjoyed my time at Ole Miss and want to thank the coaches, my teammates and the whole Rebel family for all their support."
Will this season of frustration ever end? Malcolm really came on in the latter part of the season, notching some huge games against Kentucky and Mississippi State and his defense improved tremendously over last year.
I really thought he might be due for something of a breakout season next year, probably a consistent 12/7 guy. We'll definitely miss him down low.
While Murphy Holloway is a solid player—with the potential to be very good—he doesn't bring the same physical and athletic tools that Mac did. This opens up the door even wider for Reginald Buckner to start as a freshman next season. He's a long, athletic guy like Mac is. The pressure will also be greater on Terrence Henry to bulk up and be ready to play next season.
If night is always darkest before the dawn, then we should be due for a bright season or two after all the adversity we've faced since Trevor tore his ACL in early November.
My revised starting line up for 2009-10 is:
- G Chris Warren
- G Terrico White
- G/F Eneil Polynice
- F Murphy Holloway
- F Reginald Buckner