March 7th, 2012 01:27 PM║ Posted By: John Pennington ║ Permalink
║ Schools: Ole Miss
Tags: Dundrecous Nelson, Jelan Kendrick, Reginald Buckner, SEC
2011-12 has been the Year of the Disciplinarian when it comes to SEC hoops. Anthony Grant, Tony Barbee and Cuonzo Martin have all benched key performers down the stretch… Grant and Martin while fighting for NCAA Tournament bids.
Andy Kennedy is fighting like Hell for a tourney bid, too. He needs one. But already this season he’s dismissed two players including leading scorer Dundrecous Nelson for being busted with marijuana. Now Kennedy has handed out a suspension to freshman guard Jelan Kendrick. Kendrick will not play in the SEC tourney, a tourney in which Ole Miss desperately needs to play well.
Kendrick was not with the Rebels during warm-ups before last Saturday’s win over Alabama. Witnesses told The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal that he had walked out of the gym before returning to the UM bench midway through the first half.
Kennedy said that move was a coach’s decision. But he’s now added this suspension for “conduct detrimental to the team.” Interesting.
The former McDonald’s All-American in high school was also involved in an altercation with Reginald Buckner after a loss to Vanderbilt last month. And reportedly, Kendrick was no model citizen at Memphis before transferring to Oxford and becoming eligible in December.
He is averaging 20 minutes and five points per game playing primarily as the backup to starting point guard Jarvis Summers.
Kudos to Kennedy for handing out this suspension on the eve of an important tournament. But, then again, maybe Kennedy shouldn’t have welcomed a known troublemaker onto his team to begin with, eh?
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