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UNLV signee Kris Clyburn ‘always looked up to’ Rebels program

The newest Rebel, Kris Clyburn, said Wednesday morning he has long been a fan of UNLV’s basketball program.

He signed with UNLV the day before, the first pick-up for first-year coach Marvin Menzies.

“I liked the program in past years,” Clyburn said. “I’ve always looked up to it. I like the basketball program and the facilities.”

The 6-foot 6-inch guard from Ranger (Texas) College picked the Rebels over Houston and Texas-El Paso. He visited all three schools, and will have three seasons of eligibility at UNLV.

Clyburn was the North Texas Junior College Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Year, and averaged 14.3 points and 5.2 rebounds. He also made 59.9 percent of his shots, including 50.8 percent of 3-pointers.

“I feel like I can come in right away and help the team out,” Clyburn said.

Menzies could add another signee with 6-10 forward Cheickna Dembele, who visits later today. He has several scholarship offers, including from Michigan State and Syracuse. According to Scout.com, Dembele also will visit Missouri on May 6.

Also later today, the hire of former UNLV coach Dave Rice by upstate rival UNR is expected to become official. If it takes place, Rice will make his first public comments on the move.

This is a developing story. Check back later for updates.

Contact Mark Anderson at manderson@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2914. Follow on Twitter: @markanderson65

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