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Rice putting emphasis on versatility, depth for 2015-16 Rebels roster

L.E. Baskow

UNLV head coach Dave Rice is frustrated as the San Diego State game gets away from his team at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas on Wednesday, March, 4, 2015.

Rice putting emphasis on versatility, depth for 2015-16 Rebels roster
UNLV Basketball:
Fri, May 8, 2015 (2 a.m.)
This isn’t exactly new territory for coach Dave Rice and the Rebels. With the bulk of the previous season’s production out the door, Rice will rely on ...

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UNLV guard Dantley Walker (30) is feeling good after hitting a three-point basket over Southern Utah during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, December 27, 2014.
Walker transferring to Chaminade, could face UNLV in upcoming season
Rebels quick hits:
Monday, May 4, 2015
Dantley Walker decided to transfer out of the UNLV basketball program but he could still end up playing in a Rebels game during the 2015-16 season. The fan favorite chose ...

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Alabama’s Altee Tenpenny finds an opening in the Kentucky defensive line during the fourth quarter of an NCAA football game Saturday, Oct. 12, 2013, at Commonwealth Stadium in Lexington, Ky. Alabama defeated Kentucky 48-7.
Alabama running back Tenpenny transferring to UNLV
Rebels Quick Hits:
Monday, May 4, 2015
UNLV football’s newest addition is a former four-star running back looking for a second chance after falling down the depth chart at Alabama. Altee Tenpenny announced today on his private Instagram account that he would transfer to the Rebels ...

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UNLV football head coach Tony Sanchez has encouraging words for his players during the Spring Showcase, the last official gathering for the Rebels before August, on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
UNLV football, Sanchez hosting summer camps
UNLV Quick Hits:
Monday, May 4, 2015
UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez and his staff in June will host a series of camps for players entering grades 9-12. ...

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Stephen Zimmerman competes in a dunk contest during the McDonald's All-American Jam Fest on March 30 in Chicago.
Has UNLV basketball found its next hometown hero in Stephen Zimmerman?
Big man passed on the big programs to help turn around his hometown team
Monday, May 4, 2015
Stephen Zimmerman was wooed by college basketball’s elite programs, among them Kentucky, Kansas, UCLA and Arizona. But the Bishop Gorman High School 7-foot center turned them ...

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Mercer guard Ike Nwamu (10) moves the ball against Duke forward Amile Jefferson (21) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball second-round game, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Raleigh, N.C.
Transfer guard Nwamu commits to UNLV, eligible for 2015-16 season
Rebels Basketball:
Saturday, May 2, 2015
During Ike Nwamu’s first night in Reno, where the Mercer guard was taking his third and final official visit, one of the best available transfers on the market already had UNLV on his mind when he tweeted “Tuscan Leather..”

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UNLV wide receivers Devante Davis, left, and Maika Mataele celebrate Davis' touchdown against UNR during their game Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013 at Mackay Stadium in Reno.
Several Rebels join NFL teams as free agents after going undrafted
UNLV Quick Hits:
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Multiple former Rebels have signed free agent deals with NFL teams after no UNLV player was drafted for the fifth straight year ...

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UNLV football helmets for the 2015 season on April 21, 2015. (R. Marsh Starks / UNLV Photo Services)
Las Vegas featured prominently in UNLV’s new football uniforms
Wednesday, April 29, 2015
From the moment he left Bishop Gorman High to take over at UNLV, Tony Sanchez has been set on rebranding the Rebels. That includes more openly embracing and selling Las Vegas to recruits, right down to the uniforms. Sanchez’s teams ...

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UNLV football player Anthony Williams (6) extends for a pass over Troy Hawthorne (11) during the Spring Showcase, the last official gathering for the Rebels and coach Tony Sanchez before August on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Three additional UNLV football games slated for national TV coverage
Rebels Quick Hits:
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
The Rebels’ first and last home games of the season will air on CBS Sports Network and they have one more chance at earning some national TV bonus money from the Mountain West, it was announced today ...

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Greg Floyd Jr., left, practices with the Las Vegas Knicks AAU team at Clark High School Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  Floyd, a sophomore at Desert Pines High School, picked up a basketball scholarship offer this week from UNLV.
Desert Pines sophomore getting bigger in the recruiting world
UNLV Basketball: Greg Floyd Jr., a 6-foot-7 guard, has scholarship offers from more than a dozen schools, including UNLV
Saturday, April 25, 2015
When you’re 6-foot-7 with the skillset of a guard, you won’t stay under the radar for long. Still, Desert Pines High sophomore Greg Floyd Jr. wasn’t quite expecting this. In the past couple of weeks, Floyd has picked up more than a dozen scholarship offers, including ...

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UNLV forward Christian Wood (5) waves goodbye for the season to fans after losing to San Diego State in their Mountain West Men's Championship game on Thursday, March, 12, 2015.
UNLV sophomore Wood declaring for NBA Draft
Rebels Basketball: The Rebels’ leading scorer, freshman Rashad Vaughn, and rebounder, Wood, both leave school early for the draft
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
What seemed like a foregone conclusion at the end of the regular season took longer than expected, but sophomore forward Christian Wood’s decision is still ...

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UNLV football head coach Tony Sanchez has encouraging words for his players during the Spring Showcase, the last official gathering for the Rebels before August, on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Sanchez’s new approach will keep UNLV football active in off-season
Rebels Football:
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
Bobby Hauck’s record made UNLV easy to ignore during the season, but his recruiting philosophy made the Rebels a complete afterthought in the off-season ...

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UNLV football QB Blake Decker (5) looks to pass under pressure during the Spring Showcase, the last official gathering for the Rebels and coach Tony Sanchez before August on Saturday, April 18, 2015.
Decker-Boyd connections highlight UNLV’s Spring Showcase
Rebels Football:
Saturday, April 18, 2015
Whether it’s a wink or a nod coming out of the huddle, sophomore receiver Devonte Boyd is finding himself on the same wavelength as senior quarterback Blake Decker more and more often these days ...

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UNLV football coach Tony Sanchez receives the USA Today All-USA Coach of the Year Trophy at Bishop Gorman. Sanchez coached Gorman to six straight state titles and the 2014 mythical national championship before becoming the Rebels' coach.
Sanchez travels back to Gorman to receive national award
UNLV football:
Saturday, April 18, 2015
It takes about 20 minutes to travel from Tony Sanchez’s present to his past, something he did Friday for the first time since leaving Bishop Gorman High to become the 11th football coach in UNLV history. The accomplishment that brought him back felt much further away than that trek or the four and a half months ticked off on the calendar.

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Defensive linemen Sonny Sanitoa, left, and Tui Malota work on a drill during UNLV football spring practice at Rebel Field Monday, March 16, 2015.
New-look Rebels on display for fans in Saturday’s Spring Showcase
UNLV Football:
Friday, April 17, 2015
The vast majority of the work the Rebels have accomplished in the spring will be complete by the time the vast majority of the public will first set eyes on coach Tony Sanchez’s first team at UNLV. That’s by design, because while no time on the practice field is without its benefits, Saturday’s Spring Showcase is more about continuing the program’s positive offseason outreach and trying to transfer the energy from the practice fields to the fans than perfecting the systems the Rebels have spent more than a month working on.

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