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Morgan inks letter to join Rebels for 2014-15 basketball season


Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun

Class of 2014 recruit Dwayne Morgan and his mother, Tabitha Chambers, watch UNLV play New Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013, at the Thomas & Mack Center. UNLV beat New Mexico 64-55.

The Rebels got the pick-me-up they needed today after an ugly defeat Tuesday night. Top-15 recruit Dwayne Morgan signed his national letter of intent and will enroll as a freshman next fall, UNLV coach Dave Rice announced.

“We are excited to have Dwayne join our program,” Rice said in a statement.

Morgan, a 6-foot-7 forward from Baltimore, Md., committed to the Rebels last March, about a month after attending UNLV’s victory against New Mexico. He signed on the first day of the early signing period. Fellow class of 2014 commit Goodluck Okonoboh is expected to sign tomorrow, according to a source.

Morgan attends St. Frances Academy, the same school as current UNLV sophomore Daquan Cook. Last year at St. Frances, Morgan averaged 17 points and eight rebounds per game.

“He is extremely versatile and is a high-energy competitor,” Rice said. “Dwayne can score from a variety of spots on the floor and is a terrific rebounder and defender.”

Morgan and Okonoboh currently put the Rebels at their scholarship limit. The Rebels will have one available because of Savon Goodman’s departure and another after Carlos Lopez-Sosa graduates. However, there has been at least one transfer after each of Rice’s seasons at UNLV so the Rebels aren’t done recruiting the class of 2014.

The team’s top target is Findlay Prep senior Rashad Vaughn.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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