On November 10, 2007 the Ole Miss Rebels hosted Mississippi Valley State to open the 2007-2008 basketball season. There were a little over 5,000 fans on hand, none of which realized that they were witnessing something much greater than just another basketball game. A true freshman was making his collegiate debut for Ole Miss. An undersized Chris Warren scored a very quiet 10 points on 4-7 shooting from the field with 2 three pointers. His performance did not generate much buzz around the campus or local media. His 2 three pointers did not get anyone thinking he would someday be rewriting the record books. After all, it was only 10 points against a push over opponent.
The Rebels cruised to a 13-0 start heading into SEC play. By this time there was plenty of buzz about Ole Miss basketball, but even still, the buzz did not center around the Rebel point guard who had shown great consistency in the first 13 games. On January 9, 2008, Ole Miss traveled to Tennessee to take on the talented Volunteers. The Rebs fell to Tennessee 85-83, but something happened in the game that would change Ole Miss basketball forever. The Game was slipping away early in the second half. Ole Miss needed to do something to stop the bleeding and then it happened. The underrated 5’10” Rebel point guard took over. A young Chris Warren fought for a game high 24 points and came up just short of pulling an upset on the road. It was then when people began to realize that he was something special.
After heart stopping excitement night in and night out, after constantly being amazed by his ability to take over a game, the Amazing Chris Warren’s Ole Miss career is now over. The 10 points he scored against Mississippi Valley State would be his first of 2,021 as a Rebel. Warren would see Ole Miss win 84 games in his four-year career. He would set numerous school records. He would set SEC records. He would win countless awards. He has found himself in elite company as one of only four SEC players to score 2,000 points and dish out 400 assists. He did all of this even having missed 20 games due to injury his sophomore year which makes the imagination explode with wonder. What would those stats look like had he played the full four years?
Chris Warren represents everything a college basketball player should be. He fulfilled his commitment to play four years at Ole Miss. He did so without ever having his name mixed up in any negative press or scandal. He will leave the university with a college degree. He excelled on the court without ever once seeming selfish or arrogant. When you take his achievements, all his records and statistical success and throw in what he has done off of the court as a student and ambassador for Ole Miss, should he be considered the greatest Rebel basketball player of all time? Has Ole Miss ever had a player, for four years, that has meant more to the program than Chris Warren? Only time will tell, but as the years go by, the legend of the Amazing Chris Warren will continue to grow and grow.