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Gorman’s Rosco Allen and Ben Carter wrap up UNLV visits, in no rush to decide

Gorman front-court duo concludes week by taking closer look at UNLV’s academic offerings


Steve Marcus

Bishop Gorman juniors Ben Carter, left, and Rosco Allen work on a dribbling drill during an open workout at Bishop Gorman High School Thursday, Sept. 9, 2010.

Rosco Allen said earlier this week that he hopes to make a decision on his future before the start of his senior season at Bishop Gorman in November.

After two lengthy unofficial visits to UNLV in the last four days, he now likely has all of the information on his hometown school that he needs.

The 6-foot-8 small forward made the trip down to campus alongside Gorman power forward and fellow Rebels 2012 recruiting target Ben Carter on Friday. The Gaels' front-court duo spent more than two hours there.

Allen made his first visit on Wednesday, and said the main reason for a return trip two days later was to take a closer look at UNLV's academic offerings.

"I met with a counselor who would actually be putting together my schedule, and we put together a fake schedule so I could see what my days would be looking like," said Allen, who hopes to pursue a degree in either business or architecture. "We also got to see the (Mendenhall Center). We talked to (strength and conditioning coach Jason Kabo), and he was telling us how the new facility is going to help him, plus how we could get in there and start working right away.

"It definitely built my comfort level. I'm getting to know the coaches there better every time."

Allen left campus without giving a verbal commitment, but the feeling is that he may be pretty close to a decision. Several schools, including Stanford and North Carolina, have ramped up their efforts this summer for Rivals.com's 75th-ranked prospect in the 2012 class. However, he said that he has no current plans to take visits anywhere else right now.

He did reiterate on Friday that he plans on inking a National Letter of Intent during the November signing period.

As for Carter, who had an open invitation from the staff to visit campus before school starts, he felt well enough just three days after getting his wisdom teeth removed to join Allen.

"The visit was good, and I learned more details about the academic side of the situation," he said. "I don't (have a timetable for a decision). I want to take my time and make the decision when I feel comfortable."

Allen and Carter have been close friends for a while, and this summer joined up to play together on the AAU circuit with the Las Vegas Lakers — a local club run by Carter's father, Mike.

Still, Carter said that he and Allen have not put much discussion into making playing together at the next level a priority. Aside from UNLV, Carter said the schools that are actively recruiting both of them include Oregon, San Diego State and Cal.

UNLV currently has four scholarships remaining for the class of 2012 following last month's commitment from Baltimore point guard Daquan Cook. Dave Rice and his staff are still targeting two more Gorman seniors in Shabazz Muhammad — the nation's No. 1 player in the upcoming senior class — and athletic power forward Demetris Morant. They also hosted two out-of-town prospects on visits this week in Demarquise Johnson (Monday) and Katin Reinhardt (Thursday).

For more UNLV recruiting updates as they come in, stay tuned to lasvegassun.com/rebels.

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  1. They seem like smart kids and I hope they can see that they can impact an entire city. Few people will have that opportunity in their lifetime. Las Vegas never forgets their Running Rebels:)

  2. UNLV has a decent chance at landing these two. Let's see if Rice can recruit these lower ranking prospects. If he can't do this successfully, our program is in bad shape.

  3. @Sinatra

    I guess UNC, UCLA, and Stanford are all going after the same lower level player.

    I would love to have these two as Rebels.

  4. Hey Ryan, I heard a rumor that Chris Walker (class of 2013) is very interested in UNLV. Any validity to it? Is he being recruited by Rice and staff?

    He's a top 10 player. That would be a huge get.

  5. Would love to see this happen but with UNC and Stanford in the mix I think it's safe to say we won't be seeing him. So excited about the next few years in Vegas. I feel like Rice will do a decent job with developing players even if we aren't getting top 25 prospects.

  6. Wispy ... I've heard of him for sure, as for UNLV's involvement, I'm not totally sure right now. All of my focus in covering recruiting of late is focused on the 2012 class, but I can ask around.

  7. Roscoe Allen is a perfect fit @ UNLV and someone we need for four years!

  8. @reb4life777 - What's your point? I don't understand why you're calling me out? They're lower ranking prospects.....#75 in High School is not a high ranking prospect....so, what's you're point?

  9. @ sinatra

    You don't seem to have a problem calling out these kids and the coaching staff. Suck it up big guy, if u can post it u can handle being called out. Top 150 would be less than top 1% of all players in the nation, doesn't sound low to me.

  10. @reb4life777 - It's sad when we consider #75 a top ranked propspect....Top 10, I'll give top rank status, yes. But #75? It's a total crap shoot. Whatever dude...I can handle it, just didn't make any sense to me....feel good about it if you like.