Here is a breakdown of each player and what they are up to this summer. There isn't much going on right now aside from waiting for JK Edwards and James Peters to show up...Ordartey Blankson did sign with the Rebels, though he won't be eligible until the 2003-2004 season due to NCAA rules regarding transfers. The 6-7 Blankson is a heck of a swingman that thrives on the boards and his hustle, he was the 2nd leading rebounder for #12 rated Marquette last season and the 3rd leading scorer. With Blankson, UNLV uses it's last scholarship available this season, even though he can only practice with the team.
Marcus Banks – Just getting over a turf toe injury, Marcus is playing very well and working hard on his jumpshot. He also looks great in the post, as it's no secret he likes to post up his man on the offensive end. Marcus might be the best point guard on the west coast, but he will need to show strong leadership skills this season for UNLV to take the next step. He has been more vocal in pickups, so we'll see.
Dimetrius Hunter – Wow. This guy has a similar body to Charlotte Hornet Baron Davis. He is super strong, lightning quick, and an explosive leaper. His jumper is streaky, but he has a lot of confidence in it and can kill you from deep. He lead Georgetown his sophomore year from the three point line at 39%. He and Marcus will be easily the best backcourt in the MWC next season.
Ernest Turner – Quicker, stronger, in much better shape, and more confident. He is currently back home for a few weeks, but ET figures to be a big contributor this season after being under utilized his freshman year.
Jermaine Lewis – He is flat out money from the perimeter. Showing no ill effects from his knee injury that forced him to redshirt all of last year, Lewis appears the best perimeter gun that UNLV has and should start at the SF spot – replacing Lou Kelly.
Dalron Johnson – Dal is playing in a summer league in California, so we haven't seen much of him. He and Marcus Banks co-existing is the most important factor to UNLV being successful this season. MARCUS AND DALRON HAVE BEEN PLAYING TOGETHER IN A SUMMER LEAGUE IN CALIFORNIA AND ARE GETTING ALONG VERY WELL, WE ARE TOLD. Dalron will likely be the favorite for MWC Player of the Year honors.
Louis Amundson – Louie has grown an inch and is playing hard this summer. It appears best to redshirt him this season as there doesn't appear to be enough minutes for him, Omari, JK, and Dalron at the 4 and 5 spots. We'll have to wait and see what the coaching staff does with him. Regardless, he'll be a heck of a player by the time his UNLV career is over.
Omari Pearson – Cut and strong, Omari is playing hard and looking pretty good. He came on strong late last season and should get quality minutes behind JK Edwards at the center spot.
Lamar Bigby – Looks the same, always playing his butt off. Bigby could see minutes this year guarding the opposing team's SF.
JK Edwards and James Peters will arrive later in the summer, and we'll give you updates on how they look at that time. Both should have an impact on this years squad, especially JK in the post on the offensive end.
* We have also seen a lot of George Tarkanian's CCSN team, and there probably aren't more talented JC teams in the country. Look for a strong relationship to develop between the two programs.
Summer Report - UNLV Basketball
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