The UNLV men's basketball program is in dire need of a recruit that can not only change the way the team performs on the court, but one that can bolster the perception of the program on the recruiting trail. Brandon McCoy, the five star center from San Diego can provide both of those things for Marvin Menzies and his Runnin' Rebels. It's been hinted at for a long while now that McCoy has been a UNLV, "lean." Well now, I'll do you one better. I fully expect McCoy to commit to the Rebels. Sources have indicated that barring a, "Midnight Lute" scenario that Marvin Menzies will receive a pledge from the McDonald's All-American. This news couldn't be more welcome after the porous season that just transpired. McCoy is a game changer who will give the Rebels a go-to scoring option, as well as a shot blocking and rim protecting extraordinaire.
In other recruiting news, I also have heard that Norcross point man Jordan Goldwire will more than likely be suiting up for the Rebels for next season. The 3 star guard is down to UNLV and Hofstra. The Goldwire addition to the program would be an ideal one, seeing as though that Jordan Johnson will only have one year of eligibility remaining for the Rebels after dishing out 8.1 assists per game at UWM during the 2015-16 season. Goldwire would be the heir apparent to Johnson and would have a whole year to be mentored and to grasp the offense before possibly being the full time starter as a sophomore.
I have it on good authority that Lamine Diane, the 6'7 wing from Findlay Prep is down to UNLV and Southern Utah. Former Rebel assistant and Pilot head coach Todd Simon is making a strong push for the multifaceted player. Ample playing time will be opening up for UNLV though, so I like the Rebs chances there.
Lastly, highly sought after JUCO power forward Shakur Juiston has UNLV listed in his final eight. Kansas, Iowa State, Oklahoma, VCU, UConn and Rhode Island are some of his other suitors.