Rebels land Jasper with an assist from Willis

Credit future UNLV point guard Tre'Von Willis with his first assist. The Memphis transfer, who will vie with sophomore Kendell Wallace and incoming freshman Oscar Bellfield for UNLV's starting point guard position this fall, helped the Runnin' Rebels came through on a vow to help landed highly coveted University of Kentucky transfer Derrick Jasper.

The 6-foot-6 Jasper gave UNLV coach Lon Kruger a verbal commitment on Sunday after visiting the campus over the weekend with his mother and observing Rebel practice on Saturday afternoon at Cox Pavilion. He will re-unite with Willis, his former AAU teammate on an EBO Fresno squad that won several Las Vegas summer tournaments during their time together.

Jasper said he also considered Arizona, San Diego State and UCLA before deciding to put an abrupt end to the recruiting process.

"I had planned another couple visits but everything was perfect on my visit to Las Vegas," Jasper told the Las Vegas Review Journal. "UNLV wins a lot of games and makes it to the NCAA Tournament, and that's always important."

Jasper must redshirt next season per NCAA transfer rules and will have two years of eligibility remaining.

The Paso Robles, Calif., native said he wanted to attend a college closer to home so his mom could see him play. As a Division I transfer, he did not sign a letter of intent, but said he plans to enroll in summer classes at UNLV in mid-July after the Runnin' Rebels return from a 10-day, six-game summer tour in Australia.

As a freshman at Kentucky, Jasper started 27 games. After undergoing left knee surgery last summer, he missed the Wildcats' first 10 games of the 2007-08 season. He played in 20 games and averaged 4.2 points and 5.5 rebounds.

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