Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Lands One of Nation’s Top Recruiting Classes

Coach Matt Insell - Photo by Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

Coach Matt Insell – Photo by Josh McCoy, Ole Miss Athletics

Rebels add Banks, Nixon, Reid and Taylor who will don the Red & Blue in 2017-18 

OXFORD, Miss. – The Ole Miss women’s basketball team had four players ink National Letters of Intent on the first day of the NCAA early signing period on WednesdayDay’Neisha Banks (Jacksonville, Fla./Ribault HS), Chyna Nixon (Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann Goretti), Milicia “Mimi” Reid (Bronx, NY/The Patrick School) and Promise Taylor (Issaquah, Wash./Sammamish HS) will all join the Ole Miss women’s basketball family for the 2017-18 season. Ole Miss’ class ranks as high as No. 11 nationally according to BlueStar Media and includes three top 100 players nationally.

“Everyday is a great day to be a Ole Miss Rebel especially when you can add four players to the Ole Miss family that are at the level of these four young ladies,” said head coach Matt Insell.  “Not only are all four great basketball players, but more than anything they are great people that come from great families that all want to be Ole Miss Rebels. On top of that for the third straight season our recruiting class will be ranked by numerous publications in the top 20 in the nation. Something special is happening at Ole Miss and I couldn’t be more excited about being the head coach of such a special program.”

Banks comes to Oxford from Florida where she plays her prep basketball at Ribault HS. Banks led the Trojans to a 30-1 record in 2015-16 and top five ranking by winning the Dick’s Nationals title by knocking off two-time defending champion, Riverdale Baptist. Banks averaged over 18 points per game. Banks and her high school team won the Florida Class 5A Championship a game in which she had 19 points, 12 rebounds and four assists. For her prep career she is averaging 14.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg.  Banks plays AAU for Essence. Banks picked Ole Miss over Wisconsin.

“Day’Neshia Banks is a player that I describe as being position-less and has been a winner at all levels,” said Insell. “Day Day is another player that early on three years ago we started recruiting and wanted her to be apart of our Ole Miss Family. She can play the two through four positions with the ability to score on you from the outside, the inside and off the bounce, which reminds me of current Rebel Shequila Joseph. Having the ability to play multiple positions will allow her to make a major impact on our program. She could not be a more perfect fit for our program.”

Nixon will make the trip South after starring at Neumann Goretti in Philadelphia, Pa. Nixon earned second team Pennsylvania AA All-State as a junior and was a second team All-Tidewater selection as a sophomore. The 5-9 guard checks in with a No. 71 overall rank according to ESPN HoopGurlz and is the No. 21 player in her position. Nixon, who transferred to Neumann Goretti from Granby HS in Norfolk, Va., for her junior year averaged 15.4 ppg and 12.5 rpg at Granby. She led Goretti to their second consecutive PIAA Class 2A State Championship with 14 points, six rebounds and three steals.  Nixon is the No. 54 player and a four-star prospect according to Prospects Nation and a top 100 player according to ESPNHoopGurlz. Nixon plays AAU for Boo Williams. Nixon chose the Rebels over Virginia and Penn State.

“Chyna Nixon defines the word electric when the ball is in her hands on the perimeter. Chyna brings length and athleticism to the perimeter position and has the ability to score the ball from any place on the floor at anytime. Chyna is a perfect fit into our style of play by being able to create her own shot and having a unique passing ability allowing her to create for others. I could not be anymore excited about having her join our Ole Miss family and I look for her to make a major impact on our program over the next four years the same way she has done on the high school level and the NIKE EYBL circuit over the last two years.”

Reid heads to the Magnolia state from New York City. The Bronx native plays her prep basketball at The Patrick School and plays her AAU basketball for Exodus NYC. As a sophomore, Reid averaged

13.8 points 4.8 assists and 2.4 steals per game, while earning a spot on the NY Daily News All-Brooklyn all-star team. Reid, a four-star prospect, holds a No. 49 ranking from Prospects Nation and ranks as the No. 11 point guard in her class. Reid chose Ole Miss over Rutgers.

“Mimi Reid is a player that we have been recruiting for three years and from day one I knew I wanted to have the opportunity to coach her,” said Insell. “She is a point guard that has the ability to do it all on the basketball court. She has great size with athleticism and has the ability to score in many different ways. She has played at the highest level of basketball in high school and in the summer playing on the NIKE EYBL circuit, which will put her maturity level from a point guard position ahead of most coming into college. I love having guards from NYC because of toughness they bring to the table each and everyday. That’s something I am most looking forward to having in our program over the next four years.”

Rounding out the class is 6-5 forward Promise Taylor from Issaquah, Wash., and Sammamish HS. Taylor is a dual sport athlete, also a standout on the volleyball court. Taylor is averaging 12.0 ppg and 9.2 rpg. The post player with a 7-0 foot wingspan is a four star recruit according to Prospects Nation and ranks No. 122. Taylor plays AAU with the Lady Styles. Taylor chose Ole Miss over Oregon State, Dayton and Missouri.

“Promise Taylor was a must sign for us because of her size and athletic ability,” said Insell. “From the first time I watched her play, I knew she had a chance to be really special at the next level. I was very excited than when she told us she was ready to be a Ole Miss Rebel. Standing at 6-5 with a 7-0 plus wingspan she brings something that we have not had in our program in a very long time. Playing in one of the top summer programs in the country has allowed her to grow as a basketball player and has helped her mature into her position as she can become one of the most dominate post players in the county. The presence she will bring on the interior will be like none other on both ends of the floor and is a major sign for us moving our program to the next level.“

2017 Ole Miss Women’s Basketball Signing Class
Day’Neisha Banks – 5-10– Forward – Jacksonville, Fla. (Ribault HS)
Chyna Nixon – 5-9 – Guard – Philadelphia, Pa. (Neumann Goretti)
Milicia “Mimi” Reid – 5-8 – Guard – Bronx, NY (The Patrick School)
Promise Taylor – 6-5- Forward– Issaquah, Wash. (Sammamish HS)

2017 Ole Miss Class Rankings
BlueStar Media – 11th Nationally
Prospects Nation – 15th Nationally
ESPN – 20th Nationally

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