The Mountain West men’s basketball tournament championship will be a stand-alone event on Saturday, March 14 at the Thomas & Mack Center. The women’s final was moved up to a day earlier.
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Tears were not streaming down Khem Birch’s face. There was no reason to get carried away. But he was getting emotional and feeling sentimental, even about a basketball game in July.
The way Mike Moser sees it, he has five chances to impress the Boston Celtics. That’s how many games the team will play in the NBA’s Orlando Pro Summer League.
It requires the assembly of numerous small, often oddly shaped, interlocking pieces. When the puzzle that is the Rebels of next season is finished, it’s a good bet Cody Doolin will have defined a fairly significant piece.
Summer in Las Vegas should be renamed “Hoops Central.” Between USA Basketball, NBA Summer League, AAU Tournaments and the Desert Reign Summer League, there’s plenty of basketball to keep the basketball lovers, like myself, busy.
In February, when Rashad Vaughn announced his commitment to UNLV, he mentioned next season’s schedule as an attraction. He was looking forward to playing against Duke, Arizona and Kansas. It was part of coach Dave Rice’s sales pitch.
Khem Birch was not picked Thursday in the NBA Draft, but the former UNLV forward picked his spot less than 24 hours later. He is signing as a free agent with the Washington Wizards.
It’s too late to go back now, but another year of college basketball probably would have served Khem Birch better. Still, staying for his senior season did not help Deonte Burton.
When rolling the dice two months ago, Khem Birch was hoping to land somewhere in the second round of the NBA Draft. The odds seem to be turning slightly in his favor.
The buzz on social media surprised Dakota and Dylan Gonzalez, and they still can’t figure out the infatuation.
UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice said he received signed financial aid agreements from transfers Ben Carter and Jerome Seagears, and both will enroll in summer school. Carter comes from Oregon, Seagears from Rutgers.
Twin guards Dakota and Dylan Gonzalez, who spent their freshman season on the Kansas women’s basketball team, are transferring to UNLV, the school announced Tuesday.
Another year, another extreme roster makeover. Chaotic offseasons at UNLV are feeding the monster of public perception and creating opinions that coach Dave Rice is running a dysfunctional basketball program.
Deville Smith is not returning to the UNLV basketball team for his senior season, it was confirmed Thursday after more than a week of speculation. Smith was the team’s No. 5 scorer with an average of 9.7 points and ranked second in assists (87) and 3-pointers made (45).
It took more than a year for UNLV’s recruiting class to come together. As soon as Jordan Cornish put the finishing touch on it, his first phone call was to a close friend halfway across the country. Rashad Vaughn, the Rebels’ highest-ranked incoming recruit, also proved to be a valuable recruiter.
Bismack Biyombo went ahead of him. So did Jimmer Fredette and Markieff Morris and Alec Burks. Fourteen names were called during the 2011 NBA Draft before Kawhi Leonard made his way to the stage for a congratulatory handshake from then-commissioner David Stern.
The UNLV basketball team’s roster turnover continued Wednesday with the addition of former Rutgers guard Jerome Seagears.
Demetris Morant, who played sparingly as a redshirt freshman, is transferring from UNLV to a college in Florida to be close to his ill father.
Ben Carter, who recently made it official that he is transferring to UNLV, will wait until the 2015-16 season to prove his point. He must sit out this coming season as a redshirt while practicing with the Rebels.
Khem Birch decided to leave UNLV and declare for the NBA Draft. There’s a question if he’ll get drafted, but no question it’s a big loss for the Rebels.
After several weeks of what he called “careful consideration,” Khem Birch made a curious call. UNLV needed him, and the NBA was not asking for him, but the junior forward took the jump anyway.
A couple of years ago, Patrick McCaw was stuck with a nickname because he seemed to strike a resemblance to an NBA shooting star, Stephen Curry of the Golden State Warriors.
Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian is back home after spending 10 days in a Las Vegas hospital following a heart attack.
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