Evaluating Jaemyn Brakefield, Matthew Murrell, and Allen Flanigan in the Ole Miss-Bryant Game

December 31st, 2023

By Alan Lu

Today, I took the time to watch Ole Miss play in a non-conference game against Bryant, and this featured several prospects that could end up being selected in the 2024 draft.  In this game, Jaemyn Brakefield and Matthew Murrell were the standout performers for Ole Miss, and Bryant’s Earl Timberlake also played well in his team’s loss to Ole Miss.  Here are my thoughts on how they and other top performers fared in this game.

Jaemyn Brakefield scored 16 points, and had 7 rebounds and 4 assists in Ole Miss’ win over Bryant.
(Photo: Bruce Newman/The Oxford Eagle)

Ole Miss’ 6-8 forward, Jaemyn Brakefield had a strong showing to help lead his team to a win over Bryant.  He is a smooth, skilled forward that showed off versatile scoring skills, and he excelled at making plays on offense to help his team get the victory.

Brakefield showed a good ability to score out of the post.  He has a solid set of dribble moves, and he showed good balance, body control, and finishing ability to score from the block.  He also did a decent job of scoring off the dribble, although sometimes he would miss on rushed layups around the basket.  Also, he shot the ball fairly well from the outside.  Brakefield was able to make a spot-up three early on, but he missed on a couple of other occasions from long range.

He also showed off satisfactory playmaking skills in this game.  Brakefield would throw accurate interior passes to find cutters on the move to notch assists.  On one play though, he was thrown an inaccurate pass and tried to reel it in, but ended up throwing a hasty pass back that got intercepted that time.

Also, he showed a solid ability to rebound the basketball.  Brakefield was able to haul in plenty of boards, especially on the defensive end.  Defensively, he looked to be about average at best.  He was active defensively, but sometimes he would be too aggressive at times, which would lead him to commit careless fouls.  On another play, he got beat off the dribble to allow a score.

In general, Jaemyn Brakefield played well to help get his team a double-digit win over Bryant.  He is a skilled, versatile forward that can shoot and score the basketball, and he is a tall, athletic forward that could project into a 3 and D role at the NBA level.

Matthew Murrell scored 18 points to help lead his team to a win over Bryant, as Ole Miss stays unbeaten and improved their record to 13-0.
(Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press)

Ole Miss’ 6-4 guard, Matthew Murrell also had a strong showing to help his team get a win in this game.  He is a very athletic combo guard that can shoot and score the basketball, and he made some very athletic plays in this game, especially in the second half.  He seemed to be at his best when he looked to score on hustle plays.  Murrell was able to run in to score on a strong tip slam off of an offensive rebound.  He also did a decent job of scoring off the dribble, and Murrell was able to score on a couple of thunderous dunks, and he also scored in traffic once.  On the downside, he would sometimes miss on tough, contested shots.  He also was able to make a pair of threes, as he made one off the catch and another off the dribble, but Murrell was very streaky with his jump shot in this game, and he missed plenty of spot-up threes off the catch.

He also displayed perhaps above average playmaking skills.  Though he primarily looked to score in this game, Murrell was able to make a drive and dish pass in transition to set up a scoring chance for a teammate.   He didn’t grab many rebounds in this game, but Murrell was able to haul in a board on each end of the floor.  He also played decent defense in this game.  Murrell was able to block a corner three hard out of bounds due to possessing good athleticism, timing, and instincts.  He also would get his hands on passes to get steals and deflections.  On the downside, sometimes he would take bad gambles, which would lead him to be out of position defensively, and to his team giving up a couple of three-point baskets.

In summary, Matthew Murrell played well to help lead his team to a win over Bryant.  He is a very athletic combo guard that excelled at making plays on both ends of the floor, but he will need to improve his shot selection.  Still, he did a good job of making shots, especially in the second half, and he might potentially have the most upside among players that played in this particular game. Currently, he projects to be a second round prospect for the 2024 draft, and he could end up being a solid rotational guard at the NBA level.

Ole Miss’ 6-6 senior swingman, Allen Flanigan scored 20 points, and had 9 rebounds and 4 assists to help lead his team to a win over Bryant.
(Photo: Rogelio V. Solis/Associated Press, via Bozeman Daily Chronicle)

Allen Flanigan also played very well to help lead Ole Miss to a double-digit win over Bryant.  He played very well in the second half, and he quietly turned in a strong all-around performance to help his team get the victory.

He showed a knack for scoring on dribble, mid-range jumpers, and he also was able to take it all the way to the hoop to score once.  Flanigan showed a satisfactory ability to score out of the post, and he was able to score on a fadeaway jumper once.  He also was able to score off of a curl cut.  On the downside, he would sometimes take tough, contested shots, which would lead to misses.  While he didn’t take many threes in this game, Flanigan was able to move off the ball to get it, which allowed him to make an open, spot-up three off the catch.

He also showed off solid playmaking skills.  Flanigan is an unselfish player that would throw accurate lobs to set up scores for his teammates.  He passed the ball well, despite throwing one bad pass that got intercepted once.

Plus, Flanigan did a great job of rebounding the basketball, and he would chase down boards to haul them in for his team.  He also played decent defense.  Flanigan did a good job of contesting shots to force misses.  On the downside, he would sometimes not stay disciplined defensively, which would lead him to allow opponents to score on jumpers.

Overall, Allen Flanigan put forth a very good performance to help his team get a win over Bryant.  He is an athletic, skilled swingman that made solid plays on both ends of the floor, and he could end up being a solid find for an NBA team in the second round of the 2024 draft.

Earl Timberlake had a solid showing for Bryant in his team’s loss to Auburn.  He is a strong, mobile playmaker that excelled as a post-up guard in the paint, and he also showed a knack for scoring off the dribble as well as on hustle plays.  Timberlake has good strength and scoring touch to score on the block, and he also ran in to score on a strong tip slam once.  He also showed the ability to score off the dribble by scoring on a running floater early on.  On the downside, he didn’t look to take outside shots, and he did not take a single three-point shot in this game.

He also showcased adequate playmaking skills.  Timberlake is an unselfish player that will make the extra pass to find open shooters to notch assists.  On the downside, he would sometimes over-dribble and do too much on offense, which would lead him to commit ball-handling turnovers.

Plus, Timberlake did a tremendous job of rebounding the basketball, and he did excellent work at hauling in boards on both ends of the floor.  Overall, Timberlake played well in this game, and he is like an old-school big point guard in college basketball.  He’s a post-up guard that also can pass and rebound the basketball, and he has the tools to project into a plus-level defender at the next level.  On the downside, there are questions about his translatability, because he doesn’t really look to take jumpers, and he will need to have a reliable jumper in his arsenal in the future.  Still, he is a talented guard that played very well against a very good Ole Miss, and he could end up being an effective role player at the NBA level.

Moussa Cisse had a solid showing to help lead Ole Miss to a win over Bryant.  He is a very athletic, energetic center that thrived at making plays in the paint, especially on the defensive end.  He is a terrific shot blocker, and he made a lot of energetic plays to help his team get the victory.

Cisse showed a knack for scoring on hustle plays.  He excelled at scoring on rolls, put backs, and in transition, and he would catch lobs to score on alley-oop dunks.  He also threw down a put back slam after getting an offensive rebound.  He did miss on a wide-open, high-flying dunk on the break once.

He also showed a solid ability to score from the post, and Cisse generally excelled as a finisher around the basket. On the downside, he was fairly turnover prone in this game. He didn’t always show great coordination when making plays on offense, despite having great size and athleticism, and he had some trouble operating in traffic.  He ended up losing the ball after getting it in the post once.  Another time, he bobbled the ball when attempting to catch it off of a roll, and he ended up being called for a traveling violation shortly afterwards.

Cisse rebounded and defended well in this game.  He did a terrific job of blocking shots, and he also deflected a pass to a teammate to help his team get a steal.  On the downside, he would sometimes play be too aggressive on the defensive end, which would lead him to being foul prone in this game.

Overall, Moussa Cisse turned in a strong showing in his team’s win over Bryant.  He’ll still need to expand upon his skill set offensively, but he is an athletic, high-motor big man that could project to be a solid rotational big man in the NBA.

Sherif Gross-Bullock had a fairly solid showing in his team’s loss to Ole Miss.  He is an agile, skilled guard that showed off a fairly solid set of skills in this game.  He is a good spot-up shooter off the catch, and he showed a penchant for making threes, especially from the corners.  He also would score on crafty drives to the hoop.  On the downside, he would sometimes struggle against length and athleticism, and he would miss shots in traffic, especially when he wouldn’t get foul calls.

He also showed off solid playmaking skills.  He did a good job of making drive and kick passes to notch assists.  On the downside, sometimes he would over-dribble, which would lead him to commit some turnovers.  Though he didn’t get many rebounds in this game, Gross-Bullock was able to get a board on each end of the floor.  He also defended fairly well, and Gross-Bullock was able to intercept a pass to get a steal in this game.

Overall, Sherif Gross-Bullock played well in this game, and he is a skilled guard that can run the point or play off the ball.  He may be an underrated prospect, and he could end up making his way to the NBA someday.

Brandon Murray had a solid showing in his team’s win over Bryant.  He is an athletic, skilled swingman that excelled as a scorer in this game.  He excelled at scoring off the dribble, post, and off of cuts, and he showed good balance, body control, and scoring touch in this game.  He also managed to throw down a high-flying dunk off of a cut.  Overall, he played well in this game, and he could project to be a second round prospect for the future.

Jamarion Sharp also quietly had a solid showing in his team’s win over Bryant.  He generally excelled making plays in the paint, especially on the defensive end.  He would look to score on hustle plays around the basket.  Sharp also defended well, as he would actively contest shots both in the paint and out on the perimeter to force misses, and he was able to use his length to deflect a pass out of bounds once.

Plus, he did a very good job of rebounding the basketball.  Overall, Sharp played well in this game, and though he did not block a shot in this game, he excelled at making plays on both ends of the floor.  He will need to expand upon his skill set offensively, but he could project to be a solid backup center at the NBA level.

Rafael Pinzon had a decent showing for Bryant in his team’s loss to Ole Miss.  He is a fairly athletic, skilled swingman that showed off a promising outside shot, as he was able to make plenty of threes and some mid-range jumpers in this game.  He excelled at pulling up to make mid-range jumpers, and he also showed that he can make threes off the catch and dribble.  

On the downside, he was also streaky with his jump shot, and he struggled more when he would look to drive all the way to the basket. Overall, he is a skilled forward that can knock down shots. He will need to be a more consistent shooter and defender in games, but he could project into a 3 and D role at the NBA level.

All in all, those are my thoughts on how Jaemyn Brakefield, Matthew Murrell, Allen Flanigan, and other various prospects fared in this game.  Thanks for reading.

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