Southern Miss Basketball looks to make turnaround with new, but familiar faces

2022-2023 Men’s Basketball Preview

Heading into his fourth year under the helm of the Golden Eagles, Head Coach Jay Ladner looks to change the tide after three consecutive losing seasons. Coming off of one of the worst records in program history with a 7-26 finish last season (only behind the 0-24 1971-72 season), the future of the program under Ladner’s leadership was put into question.

But Southern Miss Director of Athletics Jeremy McClain announced in a statement that the program would continue with Ladner as the leader of the program. Ladner addressed the question and gave gratitude for the agreement to continue, but moved his focus toward on turning the program around.

“Addressing the elephant in the room, it’s time to win some ball games. I want to make sure everybody understands that, and we understand that, and I more than anybody, ” Ladner said.

Since regaining his job security for another year, Ladner has changed his coaching staff significantly by adding Assistant Coaches Juan Cardona and Nick Williams, and promoting Former Graduate Assistant Isaish Carson to assistant coach.

There are a few key returners for a team with only seven familiar faces, including forward Deandre Pinckney, Denijay Harris and guard Mo Arnold.

Pinckney looks to take an even more prominent role in his third year as one of the longest-tenured athletes in Ladner’s program. Last season, Pinckney proved to be a valuable asset for the Golden Eagles, averaging 8.9 points per game and 5.3 rebounds per game in 24 minutes per game.

DeAndre Pinckney scores on a layup in exhibition match against Delta State (Charlie Luttrell)

After his season ended early due to a hand injury, guard Mo Arnold returns for his second year with the Golden Eagles set to get more play time in a role along with Ole

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