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UNLV coach Dave Rice has added two walk-ons to his roster for the 2011-12 season.
Joining the team are freshmen Mark Valencia and Bryan Glenn.
Valencia, a guard from Chino (Calif.) High, comes to Las Vegas through a connection with Rebels associate head coach Justin Hutson.
As for Glenn, he adds an element at the end of the bench that few programs have when it comes to their walk-ons: size. Glenn, a local freshman product from Coronado High stands at 6-foot-11, and though he was more well-known as a prep for his skills on the volleyball court, he provides immediate value.
"Any time you can get a guy to join your team who is close to seven feet tall and has the potential to be a really good player, you jump at that opportunity," Rice said. "When you take a look at adding guys to a roster as non-scholarship guys, scout team guys, you're looking for guys who are going to come out every day … It's a thankless job in many ways, and you need to have a guy with a high basketball IQ who is tough and brings it every day."
Last season, UNLV carried three walk-ons at the end of its bench. Local products Mychal Martinez and Tyler Norman graduated, while Todd Hanni left the team late in the regular season to focus on academics.