Jalen Poyser Enjoys UNLV Trip, Weighing Options

PoyserJalen Poyser, a 6-foot-4 point guard from Canada’s Athlete Institute and CIA Bounce, enjoyed his weekend official visit to UNLV and will hold off on any more visits for now.

UNLV assistant Todd Simon coached Poyser at Findlay Prep before the floor general returned home to Canada to Athlete Institute.

“Jalen Poyser’s official visit to UNLV this past weekend was very good,” Mark Poyser, the player’s father, told SNY.tv. “Coach [Dave] Rice, Coach Simon and the staff were very welcoming and made us feel at home. Jalen is a need and a priority for their program and it’s clear how his skillset fits in. Coach’s vision for the future is exciting. Their academics are on par with what we want.”

Poyser has also taken an official to Rhode Island and an unofficial to St. Bonaventure. To read more of this story, click here

Derrick Jones Enjoys UNLV Visit

Derrick JonesDerrick Jones, a 6-foot-7 wing forward from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll, enjoyed his visit to UNLV for  the Scarlet & Gray Showcase, his father told SNY.tv.

“The visit was great,” Derrick Jones Sr. said. “We really like Coach [Dave] Rice, Coach [Ryan] Miller and the rest of the UNLV family. They said with the talent that Derrick’s got, they would use him in multiple ways depending where the mismatch is.”

Jones, who is also being courted by UConn and Auburn, among others, is not expected to commit until the spring.

He visited UNLV along with several other players, including 2016 commit Justin Jackson of Findlay Prep and 2016 Findlay Prep point guard Derryck Thornton.

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Derrick Jones to Visit UNLV for Midnight Madness

Derrick JonesDerrick Jones, a 6-foot-7 wing forward from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll, will visit UNLV Thursday for  the Scarlet & Gray Showcase, his father told SNY.tv.

UNLV assistant Ryan Miller watched Jones work out at his school this past week, and the Rebels are among the schools recruiting Jones the hardest, along with UConn and Auburn.

“I like their style of play and they have a great coaching staff,” Derrick Jones Sr. said of UNLV. “Even though I know Derrick can adapt to any system, UNLV plays the way Derrick likes to play.”

Jones, who won the dunk contest in the Elite 24 game, is expected to sign in the spring.

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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