December 19, 2007

Rebels will enjoy time in San Juan

"¿Qué pasa chica? "

Ole Miss junior forward Terrence Watson had been following David Huertas around, working on his game. But it hasn't been work on jump shots or approaches to the rim.

Watson's been working on other approaches - concerning Puerto Rican women.

Watson and the Rebels are headed to Huertas' home land of Puerto Rico Monday and begin play in the San Juan Shootout Thursday at 4:30 p.m. against DePaul.

But before Watson left, he and his teammates wanted to know just one thing, Huertas said.

"They've been asking me about the girls," he said.

Ole Miss freshman guard Chris Warren smiled and said the subject's come up once or twice.

"He said there are some nice, pretty women down there," Warren said. "We'll enjoy that."

The local scenery, Watson said, has one Rebel putting in some extra work in the weight room.

"This guy right here (Jermey Parnell), he's going to get his body ready, take his shirt off and hit the beach," Watson said. "I've just been brushing up on my Spanish with David."

Warren agreed that Parnell's ready to show off his frame.

"JP can't wait to go and lift weights," he said. "He wants to go get that body even bigger."

Huertas said he's excited to show his teammates around San Juan, a place he calls home. Huertas said he hasn't been back since May.

And he's ready to be part tour guide and part interpreter.

"I'm going to show them where I came from," Watson said. "I'll take them to the beach. If we have free time after the tournament, I'll take them to a club - show them some fun."

Ole Miss head coach Andy Kennedy said the trip would provide his team an excellent opportunity to grow closer.

"Any time you take your team out of a familiar environment, they become very dependent on one another," Kennedy said. "It's a great bonding experience. It's three games in three days in a foreign land. Hopefully, it'll help us grow as a team."

And while there will be distractions in San Juan, Warren said the Rebels have their priorities in order.

"I'm looking forward to it. It's going to be a fun trip, but the main focus going down there will be to take care of business," he said. "There's some pleasure, but it's more business. We can have fun after we get a couple victories."

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