Three-star combo guard Serrel Smith, who is ranked as the No. 177 prospect in the country by the 247Sports Composite, announced on Tuesday that he is requesting his release from Ole Miss and reopening his recruitment. Smith was one of four players to sign with Ole Miss in November.
Smith cited the departure of Andy Kennedy as the reason for his decision. Smith committed to Ole Miss in September following a visit to the school. He holds double-digit offers, including Dayton, Memphis, Temple, Wichita State and others. Maryland, Central Florida and USF have shown interest as well.
Ole Miss saw its season come to a close with a first-round loss to South Carolina in the SEC Tournament last week. The Rebels were 12-19 in 2017-18 and lost 10 of their last 11 games. Kennedy resigned and stepped down as head coach Feb. 18. Assistant Tony Madlock finished the season on an interim basis. He was 1-4 in five games.
MTSU’s Kermit Davis is the leading candidate to replace Kennedy.
The 6-foot-3, 170-pound Smith averaged 27 points per game as a junior for St. Petersburg (Fla.) High School. He was every bit as good a year later, leading his team in scoring and making national waves with a 42-point performance against prep powerhouse Oak Hill (Va.) — the former high school of current Rebel guard Devontae Shuler, a former Top 100 recruit.
“Not only is he a tremendous point guard, but he can play off the ball as well, too,” St. Petersburg head coach Chris Blackwell said of Smith. “He can really score. Serrel is that type of player that makes everybody better on the court — if he’s scoring, if he’s assisting, if he’s just being a floor leader. Just his vision for the game and his work ethic and the intensity that he brings and the level of his game.”
Perry Hall (Md.) forward Anthony Higgs, a three-star prospect and ranked as the No. 357 recruit in the country by the 247Sports Composite, announced recently his intention to stick with Ole Miss. Higgs, like Smith, signed in November. No decision has been made by fellow signees Brian Halums and Zach Naylor.