The third scorer — someone to take the load off Marshall Henderson and Jarvis Summers — is something Ole Miss has been looking for most of this season.
LaDarius White has been the obvious choice based on experience, physical make-up and occasional big games from the past. Recently, it’s begun to look like Anthony Perez may emerge and fill that role.
Over the last three games Perez is averaging 14.6 points and shooting 59 percent (13-for-22). He hasn’t gone into a shell since his career-high 22 at South Carolina. He’s not shot-hunting, as Andy Kennedy once described the focus he didn’t want for Perez. No, Perez has been efficient without awkwardly forcing his way into game-flow.
But so has White of late.
Here’s White talking Tennessee and other things:
White had 16 points at MSU, the second SEC game. He needed to go shot hunting then because Henderson was out.
After that he hit a big shot against LSU but was otherwise unremarkable and then was 1-for-7 at South Carolina.
Now he’s put a couple of solid games together with 11 points and four rebounds against both Vanderbilt and MSU.
The development of a third scorer is important, but the best scenario for the Rebels would be a regular occurrence of the balanced scoring they displayed against the Bulldogs this past Saturday when White’s 11 backed 19 from both Henderson and Summers, and the supporting cast was much more involved. Perez had nine, and Aaron Jones had eight, meaning the Rebels were a bucket away from two different players from having five in double figures.
That might be a bit much to ask. It’s not too much to ask for one third scorer to step up — In fact the Rebels must have that — and it’s a good thing right now that Perez or White — or both — could be up to the challenge. …
More from the Mother Ship in this notebook as Kennedy response to the Rick Ray-Henderson dust-up. Both coaches are ready to move on from the event, and there will be no discipline for Henderson in whatever role he might have had.