By Adam Brown
Ole Miss men’s basketball head coach Kermit Davis announced the addition of Jarkel Joiner to the squad on Tuesday.
“We are so happy to welcome Jarkel to our Ole Miss Basketball family,” Davis said. “Jarkel was one of the most prolific scorers in our state’s history at Oxford High School. He comes from a terrific family and played for one of the very best high school coaches in Mississippi in Drew Tyler.”
Joiner is returning home after spending the past two seasons playing under former Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes at CSU Bakersfield.
Joiner appeared in 64 games (61 starts) and averaged 13.2 ppg. As a sophomore, he led the team in scoring at 15.6 ppg while shooting at a 45.1 percent clip. His 532 points and 208 made field goals were new single-season records at CSUB. As a freshman, Joiner averaged 10.4 ppg over 30 contests. Shooting an impressive 89.6 percent (69 of 77) from the free throw line, he led the WAC and set a CSUB school record that season.
As a senior in high school, Joiner ranked fourth nationally in scoring as he averaged 36.5 ppg. He helped lead the Chargers to the state semifinals.
This next season Joiner will practice with the team and be on scholarship the following two seasons, according to Davis.