After leading Bay Springs High to a Class 2A state championship in 2015 and being an integral part of JCJC’s MACJC Championship, Region 23 Championship and a run to the quarterfinals of the NJCAA national tourney this year, Bruce Stevens verbally committed Monday to continue his basketball career at Ole Miss.

“Excited to announce that this fall I will be attending The University of Mississippi,” Stevens posted on his Twitter account.

Stevens, a power forward, also had offers from Georgetown and Tennessee State and was rated as the No. 6 JUCO prospect according to jucorecruiting.com.

At 6 feet, 8 inches tall and 257 pounds, Stevens averaged 16.2 points and 11.6 rebounds for the Bobcats this past season while shooting 51.9 percent from the floor and knocking down 37.5 percent of his 3-point attempts.

“He’s a definite knockdown shooter,” Lockhart (also a former Ole Miss player) said. “With his size, he’s going to be able to cause problems on the offensive end because of his (range), so you’ll need a quicker player to cover the floor. He also has the size to take advantage of a non-traditional four.”

Ole Miss, which posted a 22-14 overall mark and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NIT, lacked production from the power forward position this season. The Rebels got an average of 10.3 points of their 78 per game average from the power forward position.

Stevens is the second Bobcat sophomore to commit to a Division I school after Rickey Holden (Laurel) committed to Cal-State Bakersfield last fall. CSU Bakersfield is coached by former Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes.

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