UNLV Basketball Update - November

Here is a nice little breakdown of each player and how they are looking so far. Practices start soon and while Spoon's team will lack much size inside, there is certainly not a lack of talent and athleticism. If they continue to gel and form around leader Marcus Banks, this could be a very surprising year for UNLV fans!

Here is a nice little breakdown of each player and how they are looking so far. Practices start soon and while Spoon's team will lack much size inside, there is certainly not a lack of talent and athleticism. If they continue to gel and form around leader Marcus Banks, this could be a very surprising year for UNLV fans!

Player Breakdown

Ernest Turner - One of the nicest people I've ever been around, which is amazing considering he's only a 18. He's shooting the ball very well, getting into shape, will have a shot to start at the two but he has ground to make up because of the ankle problem.

Marcus Banks - I think you'd be hard pressed to find a better point guard on the West Coast. Marcus is playing extremely well. Needs work on the outside shot, but his penetration and defense are simply amazing. The team is starting to accept him as leader, which will be key as the season unfolds.

Dalron Johnson - Looks about the same as last year, blocking shots, running the floor, great all around skills. Should be the go-to-guy. We need a big year from him, needless to say.

Chris Richardson - I know it's hard to believe, but he's shooting the rock very well, but he still has zero handles. But overall, he is playing very well, and will have a shot to start at the 3 spot.

LaFonte Johnson - This kid is flat shooting the rock! His size will obviously limit him somewhat, but he should be an important part of this team...especially if JLew is out for the year. He competes very hard with Marcus.

Jamal Holden - A very good, very solid defender and rebounder, spends most of his time working on the low post game. We have trouble believing that Jamal is 6-11, he looks closer to 6-8 if you don't count the afro. Should start at the 5 spot and be very important to UNLV's success or lack thereof. Not really a good shooter.

Lamar Bigby - A great kid with a good head on his shoulders. He's a great slasher, but a mediocre shooter. Very athletic...good defender when he tries. Not sure how many minutes he'll get. Could be 15, could be 0.

Louis Amundson - Hard nosed kid that is improving daily. Questionable jump shot, great slasher, and finishes strong. Getting better down low...and this kid can flat get up in the air. It easy to see why he's called the "white Chris Richardson".

Vince Booker - Book can flat out shoot. Got stronger over the summer. Looks confident in his game and should see minutes in the guard rotation.

Jevon Banks - Excels in the open court, but very shaky in half court, and still can't shoot a lick. Good anticipatory defender.

Jermaine Lewis - Already cleared to start jogging after the ACL tear. Still up in the air whether he will play this year...he is working his tail off to do it though.

Omari Pearson - He's worked out hard in the weight room and is the strongest and bulkiest on the team. Has shown good range, uses the backboard well from elbow jumpers. He's getting better down low, and may have a shot to beat out Jamal at 5 spot.

Lou Kelly - I know it's hard to believe after his performances last season, but Lou looks NBA. Overall the best talent on the floor. Hasn't been shooting as well as in the past, but much, much more explosive and is hitting the O glass like a madman. If this is the Lou we season once the season starts, UNLV can be really good.


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