As a player and a coach, Steve Alford has been involved in several memorable games against UNLV. Now, he can look forward to another one.
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When asked to predict his future, Justin Jackson pump-faked and passed on the question. But he left no doubt about his college intentions.
More than a year has passed since Roscoe Smith decided to forgo his senior season at UNLV and enter the NBA Draft, but the 24-year-old forward has yet to record a regular-season NBA statistic.
In need of winning big this season, Dave Rice is not taking the easy way out. He lined up one big game after another.
Chris Wood, a former UNLV star who was bypassed Thursday in the two-round NBA Draft, agreed to a free-agent deal with the Houston Rockets, according to multiple sources. The Rockets will participate in the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas in July.
Former UNLV star guard Rashad Vaughn was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 17th pick of the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft. Vaughn’s teammate at UNLV, forward Chris Wood, was not drafted after being considered a late first-round pick a month ago.
The level of disappointment for former UNLV star Chris Wood had to have reached epic levels, and yet this is the risk one takes when deciding to forfeit remaining college eligibility and chase a professional dream.
Las Vegas Review-Journal basketball writer Matt Youmans predicts the first round of Thursday’s NBA Draft at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. He thinks former UNLV guard Rashad Vaughn will go to the Los Angeles Lakers with the 27th pick.
Speculation is that former UNLV forward Chris Wood, once a first-round fixture in NBA mock drafts in the media, has fallen into the second round, while his former teammate, guard Rashad Vaughn, appears to be rising into the first round. Both will find out Thursday.
UNLV will host Fresno State on Dec. 30 to kick off its 2015-16 Mountain West men’s basketball conference schedule, which was released Wednesday.
Eli Carter, a graduate transfer from Florida who plays both guard positions, is making an official visit to UNLV this weekend. He and Justin Jackson, a forward from Findlay Prep, are in the running for the Rebels’ last remaining scholarship.
Mountain West commissioner Craig Thompson said the conference plans to keep its basketball tournaments in Las Vegas, but he is exploring a possible change of venue after 2016, when a contract with the Thomas & Mack Center expires.
Some questioned Rashad Vaughn when he left UNLV after his injury-plagued freshman year. But his ability to create off the dribble and shoot excites NBA teams enamored by the smaller, faster style of the Golden State Warriors.
Katie Powell, a 6 feet 4 inch center from Arkansas, will transfer to UNLV. She will sent out next basketball season because of NCAA transfer rules, and then will have three years of eligibility.
With the NBA draft order set following the league’s draft lottery Tuesday night, former UNLV players Chris Wood and Rashad Vaughn have been projected as first-round picks by ESPN NBA draft expert Chad Ford.
Jelan Kendrick on Saturday walked in a procession far more important than any half-court set he has been part of, graduating from UNLV with a degree in sociology. His journey to the reality of a cap and gown, more than anything else, is best described as complex.
Tyrell Bellot-Green, a 6-foot-7-inch forward from Hill Junior College in Hillsboro, Texas, announced his commitment Monday to play basketball at UNLV. He hit 95 3-pointers last season, when he averaged 14.6 points and 6.2 rebounds as a sophomore.
Dantley Walker has departed UNLV for a land of mangoes and guava and cooling trade winds, for a Division II program in Chaminade whose history is defined by one of the biggest upsets in college basketball history.
UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice adds transfer Ike Nwamu, prep star Stephen Zimmerman and several talented redshirts to returning talent. “Ideally, we want to play pressure defense and push the pace on offense,” Rice says. “I think we have the personnel and depth to do that, and you have to have those two things.”
Dantley Walker, a former Lincoln County High School star who spent two years at UNLV, is transferring to Chaminade, a Division II program in Honolulu.
Nigel Williams-Goss, a sophomore point guard, announced he is transferring from Washington to Gonzaga. A Findlay Prep product, Williams-Goss recently visited UNLV, which was one of several programs to court him
Ike Nwamu, a 6-foot-5-inch shooting guard, announced Saturday he is transferring from Mercer to play basketball at UNLV. He led the Bears in scoring last season at 15.1 points per game and shot 37.2 percent from 3-point range. As a graduate transfer, Nwamu will be eligible for the 2015-16 season.
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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