Shakur Juiston and Amauri Hardy just added to what was already a stellar 24 hours for UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies. Last night McDonald's All-American Brandon McCoy became a Rebel, and he was just joined by the best Junior College prospect in the country and a 4 star point guard. Life is good over on Maryland parkway for, "Marvelous" Marvin Menzies, who this time last year was combing the nooks and crannies of the dregs of the 2016 class, trying to field a team.
Juiston is an old school type power forward who likes to get down and dirty. He's going to bring a toughness and a work ethic that hasn't been seen at UNLV in a long, long time. As for Hardy, he's a speedster in the mold of former Rebel great, Marcus Banks. A point guard of his stature hasn't graced a Rebel roster since Kevin Kruger played his single season for his father Lon and led UNLV to the Sweet Sixteen.
UNLV hasn't been a stranger to bringing in supremely talented players. Former UNLV head coach Dave Rice made McDonald's All-Americans a regular occurrence during his tenure. What Rice could not do was win with that talent and bring it together. Coach Menzies has demonstrated he can be every bit the recruiter that his predecessor was, but it will be up to him to show he can compile the wins to go along with said talent. We won't know until November 2017 turns into March 2018, but hope has returned to a Rebel fanbase that has endured some tough losses and tumultuous times.