During his high school years, when Jerome Seagears visited Las Vegas for summer basketball tournaments, the thought of staying here for college crossed his mind. He never had that option, however.
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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.
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.