UNLV Basketball Adds 5-star Recruit to an Already Stellar 17-18 Class

Marvin Menzies’ first year as Head Coach in Las Vegas wasn’t exactly pretty. The Runnin’ Rebels finished 4-14 in conference play and last in the Mountain West. But that could all be beginning to change.

As usual with almost any head coach takeover, there is some rebuilding that is needed. Recruiting is the lifeblood of college basketball an Menzies has proven an ability to do exactly that.

Recently, 5-Star recruit Brandon McCoy announced his commitment to UNLV via his twitter.



McCoy, who is number 15 on ESPN’s Top 100 recruits and a McDonald’s All-American is a huge pick-up for the Runnin’ Rebels.  The 6-11, 244 pound center from San Diego chose UNLV over offers from Arizona, Michigan State, Oregon, California, UConn, Georgia, Kansas, Louisville, Maryland, and San Diego State. Safe to say, McCoy was a huge target for some very good teams.

McCoy is the star of the class (and still has to actually make it to campus), but he was not the only big names to make a commitment to the Runnin’ Rebels.

Amauri Hardy is a 4-Star recruit from Farmington Hills, Michigan. Hardy was previously committed to Oklahoma State but decided to change along with the leaving of OSU Coach Brad Underwood. Hardy is the fourth ranked player out of the state of Michigan.

The top Junior College player in the nation also chose to take his talents to UNLV over Iowa State.

Shakur Juiston is a 6’7″ power forward who spent his last two years at Hutchinson Community College in Kansas. He finished last year with a national championship and MVP of the NJCAA tournament.

UNLV also has commits from Anthony Smith, Tervell Beck, and Mbacke Diong.

The Runnin’ Rebels new staff has added some terrific players to their team as they look to bounce back from a last-place finish in 2016-17.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s