UNLV Tells Zimmerman He Could Be ‘Hometown Hero’

By CHIP MILLER & ADAM ZAGORIA

NEW YORK – UNLV had just beaten Temple Saturday night in the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center and Lori Stevens was already texting words of congratulations to assistant coaches Ryan Miller and Todd Simon.

That is significant, of course, because Stevens is the mother of Stephen Zimmerman, the 7-footer from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman who took his last official visit to UNLV last weekend.

“Great visit, we had a lot of fun,” Stevens told SNY.tv. “It was kind of last minute and they did an amazing job.”

Stevens attended UNLV with head coach Dave Rice and said the visit was more like spending time with old friends. To read more of this story, click here

Christian Wood Drops Double-Double as UNLV Bounces Back

WoodBy CHRIS RUSSELL

NEW YORK —  A day after losing to Stanford by 29 points, UNLV bounced back with a 57-50 Victory over the Temple Owls at the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic at Barclays Center.

Much of UNLV’s success came from the courageous performance of 6-foot-11 sophomore Christian Wood, who went for 18 points on 8-for-15 shooting and 13 rebounds.

“We got to the locker room [at halftime] and the team told me I had to grab more rebounds, had to play harder and that they need me to play harder,” Wood said.

With close to 50 NBA personnel on hand, the forward from Long Beach, Calif., left a good impression. To read more of this story, click here

Despite 29-Point Loss to Stanford, Future is Bright for UNLV

Dave RiceBy CHRIS RUSSELL

NEW YORK — A week after receiving a commitment from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll small forward Derrick Jones, UNLV took on Stanford in the first game of the Coaches vs Cancer Classic at Barclays Center.

From the early going, Stanford was in command and would rout the Runnin’ Rebels, 89-60, in a one-sided contest.

Stanford (3-0) will face No. 4 Duke (4-0) in the championship game Saturday at 9:30 p.m., a game in which Cardinal coach Johnny Dawkins will square off against his former coach, Mike Krzyzewski.

The Cardinal jumped out to an early 12-0 lead and never looked back. Stanford controlled the tempo and shot 9-for-13 from behind the arc, giving them a comfortable 52-29 lead going into the half. The Cardinal outrebounded the Rebels, 47-29. UNLV often looked lost and non-cohesive, allowing the Cardinal to shoot 14-for-20 from behind the arc. To read more of this story, click here

Derrick Jones to UNLV

Derrick JonesAfter insisting all along that he would wait until the spring to commit, Derrick Jones saw enough this fall to make a decision.

The high-flying 6-foot-7 wing from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll committed to UNLV Thursday on ESPNU, choosing the Rebels over UConn and Auburn.

“I’m going to take my talents to UNLV,” Jones said on ESPNU. “Just when I went up there on my visit, I just stepped on campus and I felt like it was a family there. I got to know all the basketball players there, and it just felt like a brotherhood there.”

Syracuse, SMU, Kentucky and Kansas had also been involved for Jones at various times during his recruitment.

Jones, who won the Dunk Contest at the Under Armour Elite 24 game in August, visited UNLV in October for the Scarlet & Gray Showcase. To read more of this story, click here

Derrick Jones Announcing on Thursday

Derrick JonesDerrick Jones, a 6-foot-7 wing forward from Radnor (PA) Archbishop Carroll, will announce his college choice Thursday on ESPNU from 6-7 p.m, Adam Finkelstein reports.

Jones will join Isaiah Briscoe and Skal Labissiere in revealing their college choices at that time.

Jones is down to UNLV, Auburn and  UConn.

Jones recently visited UNLV for  the Scarlet & Gray Showcase and enjoyed it. To read more of this story, click here

Jalen Poyser to UNLV

Jalen Poyser has committed to UNLV over Rhode Island and St. Bonaventure.

Ranked No. 84 in the class of 2015 by Rivals, the 6-foot-4 Canadian point guard from Athlete Institute in Orangeville, Ontario is the first 2015 commit for the Running Rebels. UNLV also has a pledge from 6-7 2016 Findlay Prep forward Justin Jackson.

“I am happy to let everyone know that I’m committing to the UNLV Running Rebels,” Poyser said on Twitter. “I think it’s the best decision for me and family. To read more of this story, click here

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