Oxford Native Jarkel Joiner Returns Home to Join Ole Miss Basketball
After two seasons at Cal State Bakersfield, Oxford native Jarkel Joiner is coming home to join the Ole Miss basketball program.
OXFORD, Miss. — First off, it’s about time this happened. Oxford native and former Oxford Charger legend Jarkel Joiner announced today on Twitter that he intends to come home and join the Ole Miss basketball program!
— Jarkel Joiner (@JarkelJoiner) April 18, 2019
During his time at Oxford High School, Joiner averaged 28.0 PPG, 2.3 APG, 4.3 RPG, and 1.9 SPG, at point guard.
In his senior season, Jarkel put up a staggering 36.5 PPG, 1.8 APG, 5.4 RPG, and 2.2 SPG. His 36.5 PPG was good for fourth-best in the nation in 2017. He was named the 2017 Mississippi Boy’s Basketball Player of the Year and The Oxford Eagle’s Player of the Year three consecutive years, from 2015-2017.
However, when Joiner was not offered a scholarship by the hometown Rebels, he signed with Cal State Bakersfield where he has excelled the last two seasons. Standing at 6’1″ 170 lbs., Joiner averaged 15.6 PPG last season, while shooting 45% from the floor and 37% from three-point land, in just over 32 minutes per game.
How Joiner fits in with the Rebels
Because of NCAA transfer rules, Joiner is required to sit out this coming season which means he will be eligible as a redshirt junior in the 2020 season. However, that will likely work out well for Kermit Davis’ team, as that is when Breein Tyree will be graduating (assuming the junior guard returns to Ole Miss this coming season).
It is not clear yet as to how Joiner will work into the Rebels’ recruiting class, because as of last count, Ole Miss has just one lone scholarship left for the 2019 class. It is widely believed that that last scholarship is being held for 4-star PF Khadim Sy.
After Ole Miss signed 4-star guard Austin Crowley on Wednesday, the Rebels’ back court is stocking up on explosive talent. When Joiner becomes eligible in 2020, Ole Miss will have Joiner, Devontae Shuler (if he chooses not to participate in the NBA Draft), and Crowley to work with, giving Kermit Davis all the depth he needs to make another run at the NCAA Tournament.
Notching incredible numbers, Joiner was a WAC First-Team selection this past season. Simply put, he is an explosive guard with a quick first step, clean shot, and no fear around the rim.
That clip needs no explanation.
The kid is a firecracker with the ball in his hand, and we cannot wait to see him suit up and play in The Pavilion!
Jake, a 2021 graduate of Ole Miss with a degree in Integrated Marketing and Communications, is from Nashville, TN. Along with his work at The Rebel Walk, Jake hosts “The Flagship Football Show” podcast. He’s also a huge fan of the Rebels, Titans, Predators, and Braves.