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Ole Miss Adds JUCO All American
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OXFORD, Miss. – Ole Miss bolstered its frontcourt Friday with the addition of junior college first team All-America Bruce Stevens, head coach Andy Kennedy announced. Stevens will join a talented Rebel signing class for the 2017-18 season.

The No. 6 rated junior college player in the nation according to JUCORecruiting.com, Stevens averaged 16.2 points and 11.6 rebounds per game this season at Jones County (Miss.) Junior College en route to first team All-America honors from the NJCAA. The 6-8, 250-pound forward shot 51.3 percent from the field, 81.6 percent from the free throw line and 37.5 percent from 3 for head coach and former Ole Miss All-American Rahim Lockhart.

"We are very excited to add Bruce to our Ole Miss basketball family,” Kennedy said. “Bruce is a big, versatile power player whose skill set will allow him to add immediate versatility to our frontcourt next season. At 6-8, 250 pounds, he has great hands and feel for how to play the game the right way. He posted 22 double-doubles last season, while shooting nearly 38 percent from 3 and 82 percent from line showcasing his versatility as a player in addition to leading Jones County to a 29-2 record and advancing in the National Tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas. Bruce is someone we expect to make an immediate impact in our program!"

A native of Louin, Mississippi, Stevens helped the Bobcats to a 29-2 overall mark this season and the NJCAA Tournament round of 16. He earned All-MAC and All-Region 23 honors both seasons at Jones and averaged 18.3 points and 10.2 boards a game as a freshman. As a senior at Bay Springs High School, Stevens averaged 23.4 points and 14.7 rebounds a game for coach Corey Mackey and helped lead the Bulldogs to the 2A state title in 2015.

Stevens joins fall signees Jamarko Pickett, Devontae Shuler and Parker Stewart in the 2016-17 Ole Miss signing class. A consensus four-star prospect, Pickett is ranked as one of the top 100 players nationally by ESPN, Rivals and Scout, rating as high as No. 57 in the nation by Scout. Also a consensus four-star player, Shuler is rated the No. 99 player nationally by Scout and averaged 15.3 points per game for powerhouse Oak Hill Academy (Va.) while leading the team in steals. as a senior. An all-state selection and the runner-up for Mr. Basketball in the state of Tennessee, Stewart is a consensus three-star prospect and considered one of the best shooters in the country, as he averaged 27.0 points a game as a senior at Union City (Tenn.).

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