Monday, July 31, 2017 | 10 p.m.
On Thursday morning, UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies sat in the first row on the baseline at Bishop Gorman and watched as Las Vegas native Trey Woodbury drilled four 3-pointers and poured in 23 points in a Fab 48 game.
Whatever happened over the four days that followed must have been a heck of a sales pitch. On Monday, the Clark star committed to the Rebels.
The announcement was made via the Twitter page of Woodbury's AAU team, Vegas Elite:
Woodbury, who will be a senior this season, is the first player from the Class of 2018 to commit to UNLV.
The 6-foot-4 inch guard has spent the past year driving his recruiting stock higher and higher. As a junior, he averaged 14.1 points and 2.4 assists per game, and he seemed to be at his best against tough competition. In January, he scored 17 points to lead Clark to a victory over powerhouse Bishop Gorman, ending the Gaels’ 75-game winning streak against in-state opponents.
Rivals.com ranks Woodbury as a four-star prospect and the No. 101 player in the Class of 2018.
Woodbury has been on UNLV’s recruiting short list since taking an unofficial visit to the campus in January. His family has longstanding ties to the university, and Woodbury said at the time that he was very impressed with the program’s pitch.
Woodbury's commitment is also noteworthy as he is Menzies' first local recruit. With Las Vegas consistently producing high-level talent, it will become increasingly important for UNLV to land local prospects, and Woodbury could pave the way for others to stay home.
UNLV is set to have at least two open scholarships for the 2018-19 season, and probably more if the team has to deal with unscheduled departures. Woodbury lines up as a possible replacement for top scorer Jovan Mooring, who will graduate after this season.