UNLV Men's Basketball

Rebels' dream recruit would be a game-changer

L.E. Baskow

UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies does his best to keep his players dialed in versus Wyoming during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016.

Rebels' dream recruit would be a game-changer
Fri, Jan 13, 2017 (2 a.m.)
It’s no secret that UNLV basketball is in the early stages of a massive rebuilding effort. After hiring a new coaching staff in April and bringing in 10 new scholarship players in one offseason, the climb back toward contender status is going to be a long and painstaking process. Well, that’s not entirely true — there may be one way to speed things up. Brandon McCoy is a 7-foot, 220-pound center from San Diego. He’s rated as the No. 15 recruit in the Class of 2017. He’s athletic, physical, productive and ...
UNLV's Jovan Mooring, left, and Uche Ofoegbu celebrate in the final seconds against New Mexico in an NCAA college basketball game, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, in Albuquerque, N.M. UNLV won 71-66.
Rebels score best win of season at New Mexico
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
UNLV scored its best win of the season on Tuesday, as the Rebels went into "The Pit" and used a strong second half to defeat New Mexico, 71-66. Jovan Mooring got his first start of the season at point guard and turned in another tremendous effort, totaling ...
New Mexico's Joe Furstinger (23) grabs a rebound next to UNLV's Kris Clyburn (1) and Tyrell Green (3) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Albuquerque, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017.
Live blog: Rebels steal 71-66 win over New Mexico
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
Back-to-back double-digit losses to Boise State and Utah State have dropped UNLV below .500 (8-9, 1-3 in Mountain West play), and the situation threatens to get worse before it gets better. The Rebels will travel to New Mexico on Tuesday for ...
NBA Commissioner David Stern, left, shakes hands with UNLV's Anthony Bennett, who was selected first overall by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA basketball draft, Thursday, June 27, 2013, in New York.
Former Rebel Anthony Bennett, cut by Nets, stands out among NBA busts
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
In the final NBA draft he presided over, in 2013, David Stern, then the league’s commissioner, shocked the crowd at Barclays Center when he announced that the Cleveland Cavaliers had taken Anthony Bennett with the No. 1 overall pick. A 6-foot-8 power forward who had played one year at UNLV, Bennett was a surprise selection over Nerlens Noel and other ...
UNLV guard Zion Morgan (10) dribbles up the court  versus New Mexico Highlands on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016.
Zion Morgan making bid for bigger role with UNLV basketball
Freshman could see more minutes against New Mexico on Tuesday
Monday, January 9, 2017
Zion Morgan stepped off the team bus at the Smith Spectrum in Logan, Utah, on Saturday sniffling and coughing, his strength partially sapped by a cold that had been making its way through the UNLV locker room. The snowy, -9 degree weather surely didn’t help matters. But the illness wasn’t going to stop him from seizing his moment. Coach Marvin Menzies had decided before the game to extend Morgan’s playing time against Utah State due to ...
UNLV guard Jalen Poyser (5) looks to pass the ball as Utah State forward Jalen Moore, left, forward Quinn Taylor (10) and guard Koby McEwen (1) defend during an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017, in Logan, Utah. (Eli Lucero/The Herald Journal via AP)
Utah State shoots down UNLV, 79-63
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Three days ago, UNLV lost by 18 at home to Boise State. On Saturday, the Rebels lost by almost as big a margin, falling 79-63 at Utah State, but somehow it wasn’t nearly as bad. Unlike the Boise State blowout, UNLV was in this game until ...
UNLV's Jovan Mooring (30) listens to Head Coach Marvin Menzies before making could shots against the Southern Illinois Salukis at the Thomas & Mack Center Monday, Dec. 19, 2016.
Live blog: Rebels drop second straight, fall at Utah State
Saturday, January 7, 2017
Slow starts have become a bad habit for UNLV, to the point where coach Marvin Menzies may have to start actively looking for ways to give his team a spark in the opening minutes. How dire has it gotten? In the last five games, the Rebels ...
UNLV coach Marvin Menzies counsels his players during a timeout against Boise State at the Thomas & Mack Center on Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017.
Rebels break down in 77-59 loss to Boise State
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
If you’re UNLV, you hope this is rock bottom. Wednesday’s 77-59 home loss to Boise State didn’t match the 49-point margin by which the Rebels lost to Duke, or even the 26-point margin by which they lost at Arizona State ...
UNLV forward Cheickna Dembele (11) and Boise State guard Chandler Hutchison (15) scramble for a loose ball on the court during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center, Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2016.
Analysis: Tough for UNLV to be competitive when its defense is nonexistent
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Inconsistent play is one of the pitfalls in a rebuild, and there’s no telling when one of those nights of poor play will occur. It’s unfortunate it happened against Boise State in what appeared to be winnable game — UNLV was just a 4-point betting underdog ...
UNLV guard Jalen Poyser (5) battles to the hoop about Boise State defenders during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Live blog: Boise State trounces UNLV, 77-59
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Can UNLV make it two in a row with a win over Mountain West contender Boise State tonight? The Rebels looked more than capable in their last outing, an 81-75 win over Wyoming, but Boise presents different challenges. The Broncos ...
UNLV's Christian Jones (20) posts up for a shot over Dakota Wesleyan's Collin Kramer (12) during the basketball team's first exhibition basketball game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016.
UNLV's Christian Jones refocused after truthful talk with assistant coach
The Rebels at 8 p.m. today host Boise State
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Marvin Menzies thought he knew what he was getting when he recruited Christian Jones to UNLV. Rebels assistant coach Andre LaFleur had spent the previous five years at Providence, so he was familiar with Jones, who had ...
UNLV forward Cheickna Dembele (11) continues to defend his play under the basket versus Wyoming and deny a foul call during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2016.
Rebels run Wyoming off the line in 81-75 win
Saturday, December 31, 2016
There are a lot of different ways to win a basketball game. UNLV's 81-75 victory over Wyoming on Saturday goes down as a "game plan" win. The Rebels didn't play spectacular ball ...
UNLV guard Kris Clyburn (1) elevates towards the basket for a shot over Wyoming defenders during their game at the Thomas & Mack Center.
Live blog: UNLV holds off Wyoming for first conference win
Saturday, December 31, 2016
Today's New Year's Eve matchup with Wyoming will give the Rebels a prime chance to even their record at 1-1. Let's take a look at three keys for UNLV against Wyoming ...
UNLV guard Jalen Poyser (5) makes another play call during their game versus TCU at the Thomas & Mack Center on Friday, Nov. 25, 2016.
Pack the Mack? Poor attendance taking toll on UNLV
Friday, December 30, 2016
About 10 minutes into UNLV’s home game against Incarnate Word on Dec. 14, two fans moved from their seats in the upper bowl to a pair of aisle seats in the ...
UNLV forward Cheickna Dembele, left, is fouled by Colorado State forward Braden Koelliker, back, as guard Prentiss Nixon defends during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2016, in Fort Collins, Colo. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Rebels offer little resistance in 91-77 loss at Colorado State
Wednesday, December 28, 2016
It took UNLV more than seven minutes to score its ninth point of the second half at Colorado State on Wednesday night. CSU guard Gian Clavell did it in 53 seconds. That hot streak from Clavell, which consisted of back-to-back-to-back 3-pointers ...