The truth: UNLV forward Chris Wood made the correct choice, but there is a right way and wrong way to handle such matters, and Wood failed about as miserably as one can in the process of leaving after his sophomore season for the NBA.
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Amid reports and rumors that he planned to stay in school, Chris Wood threw a surprise draft party Wednesday night by announcing he is leaving UNLV. The 6-foot-11-inch sophomore forward is projected to be a late first-round pick in June.
Bishop Gorman High School star Stephen Zimmerman made his college decision official Monday by signing a financial aid agreement with UNLV. He chose the Rebels over powerhouse programs Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA.
Sometime soon, Chris Wood must make a decision that will impact his future and UNLV’s front line in a major way next season.
While UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice has yet to prove March as a month that can define his program as either successful or relevant, he has this recruiting thing going like nobody’s business. He’s no April fool.
Bishop Gorman center Stephen Zimmerman has chosen to continue his basketball career at UNLV. Zimmerman announced his decision on Twitter earlier tonight.
Derrick Jones, ranked among the top prep basketball players in the country, made if official Thursday, signing a national letter of intent with UNLV.
Roscoe Smith and Khem Birch are good enough to eventually find an NBA home. But it’s impossible to guarantee either will, because what the former UNLV players are discovering is that making it is as much about timing and opportunity as skill and upside.
Roscoe Smith was named D-League rookie of the year by a website, with former UNLV teammate Khem Birch finishing second.
On Wednesday, almost two months after a knee injury ended his season, UNLV shooting guard Rashad Vaughn officially declared for the NBA Draft. Projections place him somewhere in the second round, but one scout says Vaughn could move into the first round with impressive pre-draft workouts.
Each time a report has surfaced in recent weeks about UNLV freshman Rashad Vaughn’s intention to leave school and enter the NBA Draft, Vaughn and his family have been quick to dispute it. The 6-foot-6-inch guard finally decided the time had come to share the news himself.
The McDonald’s High School All-American dunk contest that took place without Derrick Jones on Monday night in Chicago might as well be rendered null and void.
The meaningless and never-popular Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge is returning, and when the conferences shuffled the teams, UNLV ended up with a raw deal.
It was April 2, 1990. Jerry Tarkanian, chewing a towel, was on one bench, with Mike Krzyzewski on the other. The UNLV-Duke showdown in the NCAA championship game in Denver was the headline show on the Strip. But Nevada sports books were banned from posting lines and taking action on the Rebels.
The Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge will be renewed next season. UNLV drew the toughest assignment by getting a Dec. 2 road game against Wichita State, which finished this season with a 30-5 record and reached the NCAA Tournament Sweet 16.
Thirty. That was UNLV’s margin of victory in the 1990 NCAA basketball championship game over Duke in a record-setting 103-73 performance by the Rebels. And it happened 25 years ago today — April 2, 1990. The 30-point win is still an NCAA record for largest margin of victory in a title game.
“I think we have the pieces in place to have a breakout season,” UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice says. “This is UNLV, and I believe that we need to be relevant in March, and we will be relevant in March.”
UNLV underclassmen Rashad Vaughn and Chris Wood continue to ponder entering the NBA Draft, and coach Dave Rice is preparing to move ahead with or without them. One thing is sure: Former Panaca prep star Dantley Walker plans to transfer to get more playing time.
UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn denied Friday on Twitter a Yahoo report that says he will forego his final three seasons of eligibility to enter the NBA Draft.
Two prominent local travel basketball coaches said this week that Rebels athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy put Dave Rice in an awkward position on the recruiting trail this summer when she publicly placed him on the hot seat.
Despite dwindling win totals, UNLV athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy is betting basketball coach Dave Rice can turn around the program in his fifth year and take the Rebels back to the NCAA Tournament. Anything less will be unacceptable.
Dave Rice’s four-year run with the Rebels will continue, athletic director Tina Kunzer-Murphy confirmed after a morning meeting with Rice. Kunzer-Murphy was under pressure from some boosters and fans to make a change, but she resisted.
The Rebels’ season that just concluded was way below standard — an 18-15 record, a seventh-place finish in the Mountain West and an exit in the quarterfinal round of the conference tournament. There are disappointed fans and powerful boosters who want coach Dave Rice out.
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