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UNLV guard Trey Woodbury begins transfer process

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UNLV Rebels guard Trey Woodbury (22) and Wyoming Cowboys forward Hunter Thompson, right, (10) fight for a loose ball during a game at the Thomas & Mack Center Saturday, Jan. 5, 2019. Wyoming Cowboys guard Justin James (1) looks on at left.

UNLV guard Trey Woodbury has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, according to a source.

Woodbury, a 6-foot-4 shooting guard, played in 22 games as a freshman in 2018-19 and scored 1.4 points per game.

The move comes as a surprise, as Woodbury was the first Rebel to commit to staying at UNLV after T.J. Otzelberger was hired as head coach. But now, less than two months later, Woodbury becomes the tenth scholarship player to enter the portal.

Woodbury was a highly regarded recruit in the Class of 2018. Though he was dismissed from the Clark team midway through his senior season, Woodbury was rated as a 3-star prospect by 247Sports (and the No. 165 prep player in the country).

An offseason knee injury forced Woodbury to miss the first two games of the season and he was never able to crack the regular rotation after that. His outside shooting lagged, as he made 30.6 percent from the field and connected on 28.6 percent of his 3-point attempts.

Otelberger has focused his early recruiting efforts on backcourt players. Shooting guard Jonah Antonio was the first recruit to sign with UNLV this offseason and Texas grad transfer Elijah Mitrou-Long committed to the Rebels on Tuesday. Otzelberger also courted Class of 2019 prospect Caleb Grill before losing him to Iowa State, and South Dakota State transfer David Jenkins is currently the top target.

Now that his name is in the portal, Woodbury's scholarship is no longer guaranteed by UNLV. The Rebels are free to offer that spot to another incoming player, giving the program two openings for the 2019-20 season.

Mike Grimala can be reached at 702-948-7844 or [email protected]. Follow Mike on Twitter at twitter.com/mikegrimala.

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