The Rebels’ first-year basketball coach hasn’t won any games yet at the school, but he’s winning over fans of all ages by promoting the team across the Las Vegas Valley.
Officials from college athletics’ governing body spoke on a panel Tuesday at the International Conference on Gambling Risk Taking at Caesars Palace.
Ntambwe averaged 11.8 points and 5.5 rebounds as a freshman last season.
Marvin Coleman, who walked on last basketball season, was put on scholarship by UNLV. That is the Rebels’ last available scholarship.
The current Nebraska basketball coach promoted Otzelberger to associate head coach when he was named head coach at his alma mater, Iowa State, in 2010.
UNLV basketball head coach T.J. Otzelberger made a stop at the UFC Performance Institute as part of the Runnin’ Rebel Caravan.
Tubby Smith returned last year to his alma mater, High Point after a stellar coaching career. He played an indirect role in influencing the recent direction of UNLV basketball.
The 6-foot-2-inch guard announced Saturday that he had chosen the Rebels over Gonzaga and Oregon. He averaged 19.7 points last season for South Dakota State.
The Rebels have timing working in their favor for their nonconference games, with a chance to pick up some nice victories that otherwise might be more difficult to achieve.
The bar tops and other furnishings at Hardway 8 in downtown Henderson are made from bleachers from the old Las Vegas Convention Center — home of the Hardway Eight, UNLV’s first Final Four team.