Stanback makes it official for UNLV

So just how far has Lon Kruger brought along UNLV's basketball program in four years? Well, even though the Runnin' Rebels are out of scholarships for the upcoming school year, Kruger was able to convince former California state Division I Player of the year Chace Stanback to walk on at UNLV.

Stanback, a member of two California state title teams during his four years at Fairfax High School in Los Angeles where he was a teammate of Rebel forward Matt Shaw, announced Sunday that he would enroll at UNLV for the start of fall classes.

Stanback, rated the West Coast's No. 1 small forward prospect by as a prep senior, attended UCLA last year as a freshman where he averaged just 1.0 points and 0.7 rebounds in 25 games. He announced in April that he would transfer and also considered Washington, Georgia Tech and North Carolina State before picking UNLV.

"I am going to UNLV," Stanback said Sunday after taking a visit to the UNLV campus. "I just made the decision. I just felt UNLV was a great fit for me. The coaches were interested in me, and I like the program."

Stanback averaged 25.8 points and 11.9 rebounds his senior year at Fairfax while helping lead the Lions to the state Division I title. However, playing time was sparse his freshman year at UCLA where he reportedly got in head coach Ben Howland's doghouse for his defense.

"I just didn't feel (UCLA) was a good fit for me and my game," Stanback said. "UNLV likes to run and get up and down the court. And that's what I like."

The Rebels have no scholarships available for the 2008-09 school year. Stanback will receive one in 2009-10 when he becomes eligible. He will have three years of eligibility remaining.

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