As SEC media days wrap up, Andy Kennedy is right back on the recruiting trial. Jamarko Pickett, a 3-star forward verbally committed to Ole Miss, becoming the third commit of the Rebels 2017 class after Devontae Schuler announced his commitment last week. The 6’7 180 pounder out of Virginia’s Massanutten Military Academy, is the nation’s #17 ranked forward according to scout.com. Pickett had also received an offer from Cincinnati, but chose Ole Miss after being impressed with the campus and the program, much to his surprise.
“The school is way better than what I thought,” Pickett told scout’s Evan Daniels. “It was just way better than I thought it was… On the court and everything they were doing, all the guys were serious with it and going hard. They had a shoot-around and all the guys were breaking a sweat and they were getting after it.”
Pickett also spoke about the relationship he has developed with head coach Andy Kennedy and assistant Bill Armstrong throughout the recruitment process. At just 180 pounds, Pickett may need to put on some weight before stepping out onto the court in the SEC but his coach at Massanutten,Chad Myers, knows that Pickett has the opportunity to become an extremely versatile part of Kennedy’s system at Ole Miss on both ends of the floor.
“I think he’s a multi-dimensional wing,” Myers said. “He can play the two or three or even a face-up four. He can really shoot it and handle it. He can score, and he’s really good with the ball in his hands and coming off ball screens. I think his length and athleticism will allow him to guard multiple positions.”
With the commitment of Pickett, coupled with guards Schuler, and Parker Stewart, Kennedy continues to put together a solid 2017 class that will look to challenge those at the top of the SEC.
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