Ole Miss Rebels’ Senior G Jaylen Murray Announces Return For 2024-25 Season

OXFORD, Miss. – The start of the offseason has been rather quiet for the Ole Miss Rebels men’s basketball team, but Chris Beard’s squad received big news on Tuesday, as senior guard Jaylen Murray announced that he will be returning for the 2024-25 season, per On3.

Murray transferred to Ole Miss ahead of the 2023-24 season as a member of Beard’s first portal class and finished his first season with the Rebels third on the team in scoring (13.8 points per game) and first in assists (4.0 per game). Murray also finished second on the team in minutes per game (32.2) while shooting 37.3 percent from beyond the three-point line.

The Bronx, N.Y., native had two standout performances in his first go-round with the Rebels. Murray recorded a career-high 26 points versus the Mount St. Mary’s Mountaineers during non-conference play and a career-best 11 assists against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Ole Miss’ final matchup of January.

Murray and Ole Miss forward Jaemyn Brakefield are the only seniors who have announced their return for the 2024-25 season so far. Last season, Brakefield averaged 12.9 ppg and 4.9 rebounds per game. Murray and Brakefield returning for another season is good news for the Rebels, but it is the only good news Ole Miss has received all offseason, in terms of recruiting.

The NCAA Transfer Portal opened for college basketball on March 18, and so far, the Rebels have only suffered losses. 6-foot-8, 215-pound true freshman Rashaud Marshall entered the portal after seeing action in 19 games with Ole Miss and quickly settled on the Arkansas State Red Wolves.

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