Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy’s program got a nice boost Sunday when Drake forward/center Dominik Olejniczak told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman he is transferring to play basketball at Ole Miss. The 7-footer, who took a visit to Oxford three weeks ago, had offers from California, Colorado, Florida and Florida State.
Hotty Toddy 😉
— Dominik Olejniczak (@DOlejniczak44) May 15, 2016
The Poland native joined a list of roughly 300 collegiate players who are transferring to other schools. Olejniczak was a solid asset for the Bulldogs as a freshman, emerging as a starter late last season and averaging 10.3 points over his final nine games.
Olejniczak is Drake’s second transfer of the offseason. Former West Des Moines Valley star Kale Abrahamson, who began his college career at Northwestern, averaged 11.1 points and 3.9 rebounds with the Bulldogs, but was downsized to a reserve role by the end of February. He departed soon after the season ended.
Olejniczak will bring athleticism to the Rebels’ frontcourt in 2017. He possesses quick feet and the ability to the run the floor.
Due to NCAA transfer rules, Olejniczak will sit out for the 2016-17 season and will be eligible for the 2017-18 basketball season. He will have three years of eligibility remaining. Olejniczak was progressing as a premier big man in the Missouri Valley Conference prior to his departure. He hit 72.2 percent of his shots (83 of 115) while averaging 6.5 points and 4.1 rebounds per game.
Andy Kennedy may not have Olejniczak on court next season, but the Rebels will have centers Nate Morris and Tyrek Coger, along with forwards Jake Coddington, Marcanvis Hymon and Sebastian Saiz.
Olejniczak will join small forwards Jatrious Smith (Mableton, Georgia) and Tirus Smith (Petal, Mississippi) for the 2017 recruiting class, which currently ranks fourth in the Southeastern Conference and 26th overall on 247Sports.