UNLV has added local 6-9, 195-pound center Anthony Washington (Eldorado HS) to next year's roster. Washington was being recruited by Wyoming, Texas Tech, Boston College, Boise State, and Texas A&M among others. But his intention all along was to be a Rebel, as his father is a UNLV Alumni and he has become a Runnin' Rebel fan over the years.
Anthony who has been described as a project, is an athletic/slender big man. He might not be done growing, and UNLV can use all the size they can get.. He is very mobile, active on the boards, and is a good shot blocker. Anthony will need to hit the weights in the summer to add bulk (he wants to add 25 pounds by October) as well as work on his all around game. Two coaching changes in his high school career certainly didn't help his development, but there could be a diamond in the rough with Washington. He has the raw ability to be a part of the Rebels rotation at some point in his career, but how hard he works will likely determine that.
Regardless, this is a nice addition for Spoonhour and staff as having another 6-9 player in practice alone will help players around him. Another positive is that UNLV is beginning to gain control of the Las Vegas talent pool again, as now the Rebel roster consists of 5 Las Vegas natives: Marcus Banks, Jevon Banks, Vince Booker, Dimetrius Hunter, and now Washington. Prep West Hoops has Anthony listed as the 12th best high school player in the State of Nevada. Right now UNLV does not have a scholarship to give to Washington, so he will walk on next season. With grants and an opportunity for the Millennium scholarship, that won't be a problem for Anthony. His ACT and GPA are both high enough for him to qualify immediately.