In ten years at Ole Miss, Andy Kennedy has tended to build his offenses around a single, high-usage guard. First, there was Chris Warren, who scored 2021 points from 2007-11. Then there was Marshall Henderson, who averaged 19.6 points per game in two years at Ole Miss. And most recently, there was Stefan Moody, who led all SEC players with 23.6 points per game last year. In each of the last three years (per Ken Pomeroy), an Ole Miss player has led the SEC in percentage of his team’s shots taken.
Breein Tyree, a 6’2” guard from Somerset, New Jersey, seems to fit that mold. The product of high school powerhouse St. Joseph’s was rated a three-star recruit by Rivals, ESPN (#41 point guard), and 247 Sports (#179 national recruit.) And he averaged 16.6 ppg as a high school senior.
(Note: That’s a mixtape from Tyree’s sophomore year, if you were wondering if that’s Karl-Anthony Towns and Wade Baldwin IV on the mixtape... yes, it is.)
Kennedy has made a living off undersized, scoring point guards in the past and Tyree has a lot of what you’re looking for in that type of player: quick enough to get to the basket on a regular basis, but also with a good jump shot to force defenders to guard him closely on the perimeter.
How does he fit onto Ole MIss’s roster? With all that said, Tyree isn’t a lock for playing time in the Rebels’ backcourt. Moody is gone, of course, but the Rebels have a pair of transfers in Deandre Burnett (Miami) and Cullen Neal (New Mexico) competing for playing time at the point, as well as some holdovers from last year in Terence Davis, Donte Fitzpatrick-Dorsey, and Rasheed Brooks. It’s not an uber-talented backcourt, but Andy Kennedy does have a lot of bodies to sort out this season.