Justin Jackson to UNLV

2014 Under Armour InvitationalUNLV landed a big-time commit Monday night when they received a verbal pledge from Justin Jackson, a 6-foot-8, 220-pound 2016 small forward from Findlay Prep.

The Toronto native and No. 4 small forward in the 247Sports Composite rankings, Jackson said he also considered Louisville, Illinois and Arizona, but chose UNLV because of his relationship with head coach Dave Rice and assistant Todd Simon, the former Findlay Prep coach.

“I fell in love with UNLV from the first time I saw it,” Jackson said by phone.

“Really I just felt a sense of family. It’s been the same thing picking my choice to Findlay Prep. I was looking for a sense of family, a school that allows me to play my game. I’m a real versatile player and they have a lot of that in store for me. They’re going to put me at the 1, 2, 3, they could put me anywhere on the court and that’s really what I was looking for.” To read more of this story, click here

Jerome Seagears to UNLV

Jerome Seagears is headed to UNLV.

The 6-foot-1 former Rutgers guard committed while on a visit to the Las Vegas school on Wednesday.

“He liked the style of play and the chance to play point guard in a more traditional offense,” his former high school coach, Darrick Bond, told SNY.tv. “He was also comfortable with the coaching staff.”

Seagears also considered Oregon, Oregon State, Tennessee, San Diego, Rhode Island, Cal State-Northridge and Cal Poly, but never visited those.

Seagears will seek a waiver to play immediately next season and could get one, even though he’s a year removed from the Mike Rice scandal at Rutgers.

A native of Silver Spring, MD, Seagears averaged 7.1 points and 3.2 assists last season. To read more of this story, click here

UNLV’s Khem Birch Declares for NBA Draft

UNLV junior forward Khem Birch has declared for the NBA Draft.

The 6-foot-9 Canadian center averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks per game and is a two-time Mountain West Defensive Player of the Year.

“After talking at length with my family, I have decided to pursue my professional career,” Birch said in a statement released by the school. “It was a tough decision, one that I thought about for a very long time.”

Birch is now projected at No. 55 according to DraftExpress.com and ESPN’s Chad Ford has him listed as the No. 69 prospect in this year’s class

“He is a second-round possibility at best,” one veteran NBA scout told SNY.tv. “He can block a shot but is a raw offensive player who needs D-League experience to start his professional career no matter who drafts him.” To read more of this story, click here

UNLV Keeps Rice, and Loaded Recruiting Class, Too

MorganNEW YORK — UNLV not only kept their head coach.

They kept their loaded recruiting class intact, too.

By saying they will recommend a contract extension with head coach Dave Rice through the 2018-19 season instead of letting him flee to sunny South Florida, the Runnin’ Rebels also kept intact a three-man recruiting class of Dwayne Morgan, Goodluck Okonoboh and Rashad Vaughn

“Had Dave Rice not announced he was coming back, for sure Dwayne Morgan and Rashad Vaughn were going to stick together regardless,” Morgan’s trainer and mentor, Dwayne Wise, told SNY.tv over the phone Saturday.

“Dwayne would’ve had to get a release, which wouldn’t have been a problem. Dwayne and Rashad were definitely planning on sticking together.” To read more of this story, click here

Rashad Vaughn to UNLV

Rashad Vaughn is staying in Las Vegas for college.

“Next year I’ll be attending UNLV,” Vaughn said on CBSSports Network.

“Me and Coach [Dave] Rice kicked off a relationship from the jump and I just liked everything he was talking about. And I liked the blueprint that he set out for me. And me and family, we just decided that this was the best for me.”

The 6-foot-5 Vaughn also listed Iowa State, North Carolina and Kentucky, but will stay in Las Vegas for college after transferring to prep power Findlay Prep from Robbinsdale (MN) Cooper for his senior season.

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Rashad Vaughn Visits UNLV, Carolina Up Next

Rashad Vaughn tripped to UNLV Tuesday for the Rebels’ 61-59 loss to Illinois.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Minnesota attends high school in Las Vegas at Findlay Prep.

Vaughn is coming off a Nov. 17 official to Iowa State and said he also plans to trip to North Carolina at some point.

“I’m still deciding on the last two,” Vaughn told SNY.tv recently, referring to his other two official visits. “I’ll probably trim it sometime, I don’t know when.” To read more of this story, click here

Rashad Vaughn Visiting UNLV

Rashad Vaughn didn’t have to go far for his official visit to UNLV.

The 6-foot-5 shooting guard from Minnesota attends high school in Las Vegas at Findlay Prep.

Vaughn will be at UNLV Tuesday night for the Illinois game, he told SNY.tv.

Vaughn is coming off a recent official to Iowa State and said he also plans to trip to North Carolina at some point.

“I’m still deciding on the last two,” Vaughn told SNY.tv recently, referring to his other two official visits. “I’ll probably trim it sometime, I don’t know when.” To read more of this story, click here