"Spree" Talks Southern Miss offer

"Spree" Talks Southern Miss offer

Still riding the momentum of a nice run in the NIT, the Southern Miss basketball coaching staff is busy working on the future of Golden Eagle basketball program by trying to bring in talent from around the nation. They've offered a shooting guard from the JuCo ranks, and he took a few minutes to talk about it with GoldenEaglePride.com.

Ayinde Sprewell is a 6'3, 190lb dynamic shooting guard who plays for Three Rivers CC in Missouri. He just picked up an offer to play for the Southern Miss basketball program, and as he tells it, there are many factors that go into his excitement about the offer.

"I have known Coach Tyndall and Coach Howard for a while back to when they were at Morehead State," Sprewell said.

"I had committed to them back when they were at Morehead State. They went to Southern Miss, and they stayed in contact and wanted to bring me in to Southern Miss.

"I have checked out things at Southern Miss, and I love everything about it. I love the arena and the coaches."

Sprewell had also committed to FIU, but realized that was not the right place for him at this time.

"I just made the decision a little to fast, and I should have waited," he said. "I like the situation at Southern Miss because I know the coaches and they are just fantastic and they know how to win. I didn't know a whole lot about the coaches at FIU and it just wasn't the right decision for me."

Sprewell said he'll be visiting Southern Miss sometime soon. He has one more year at Three Rivers, so he certainly has plenty of time on his decision.

"I adjusted well to the competition at the JuCo level, I ended up averaging about 12 points and 4 rebounds a game," he said. "We played some tough games, and it was a lot of fun. I had a great season."

Sprewell is also hearing from Detroit, Ole Miss, Tennessee, and Florida Gulf Coast.

He is the type of player who could come in right away and would be a perfect fit in Coach Tyndall's system.

"I am a slasher who likes to get to the basket and I'll try to dunk everything," he said. "I'm an athletic guard. I am working hard on my jump shot, and I can handle the ball and distribute it. I can finish through contact and I love to get up and down the floor."

If you recognize the last name, it is because Ayinde is the nephew of Latrell Sprewell, former guard for the New York Knicks.

"We'll talk basketball all the time," he said. "He has a very high basketball IQ and we just love talking about the game.

"He helps me out here and there, and he has shown me some things about my jumpshot. He always helps me adjust and its great to have him to get some feedback on my game." For now, Sprewell plans to continue to work on his game and continue to look for the best fit for him at the next level.

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