UNLV Rumors & News

  • UNLV's Zimmerman Jr. out indefinitely

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "UNLV freshman forward Stephen Zimmerman Jr. is out with a sprained left knee, and it's uncertain when he will return. He was ruled out indefinitely after undergoing an MRI on Monday morning and then being checked out by team doctors. Zimmerman was injured in the first half of Saturday's..." February 09

  • UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from men's basketball team

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "UNLV interim men's basketball coach Todd Simon announced Friday that junior Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team. "We appreciate all that Daquan contributed while a member of our team," Simon said in a statement. "He is on track to graduate this spring and we will continue to support..." February 08

  • UNLV's Ben Carter out for season with torn ACL

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "As the second half of Mountain West play begins, two major factors have emerged giving strong indications as to how the rest of UNLV's basketball season will play out. The Rebels must force their will upon other teams and get into a transition game; getting bogged down in a halfcourt set is..." February 02

  • UNLV dismisses Dave Rice, according to sources

    ESPN "UNLV has fired Dave Rice, multiple sources told ESPN. The move comes as the Rebels (9-7) have lost five of six and are off to an 0-3 start in Mountain West play. According to a source, Rice was informed of his firing earlier Sunday. He then met with the team at 5 p.m. PT to let the players..." January 10

  • Goodluck Okonoboh is leaving UNLV

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "The UNLV men's basketball team returned from Hawaii with one less big man on its roster. Goodluck Okonoboh asked to be released from the program and the Rebels granted the sophomore forward's wish to transfer, the team announced on Friday. "We appreciate all that Goodluck has done for our..." November 30

  • UNLV suspends Daquan Cook for 13 games following DUI arrest

    CBS Sports "UNLV coach Dave Rice has come down hard on one of his players, suspending him for nearly half of the regular season after he was arrested and charged with DUI. Daquan Cook was apprehended on Sunday for being intoxicated behind the wheel, and on Tuesday afternoon UNLV announced Cook will not..." November 03

  • Jaylen Fisher, No. 34 prospect, commits to UNLV

    ESPN "ESPN 100 prospect Jaylen Fisher has committed to UNLV, he announced Wednesday. Fisher, a 6-foot-1 point guard and the No. 1 senior prospect in the state of Tennessee, selected the Rebels over Arkansas, Memphis, Baylor and Indiana. "I weighed out the pros and cons, and UNLV came out to be the..." October 08

  • Findlay Prep’s Carlos Johnson commits to UNLV

    Las Vegas Sun "UNLV’s connection to Findlay Prep got a little stronger today as class of 2016 wing Carlos Johnson became the latest Pilot to commit to the Rebels. “I choose UNLV because it is a great fit for me and my family and I love the city of Las Vegas,” Johnson said in a statement. Johnson recently..." September 26

  • Class of 2016 guard commits to UNLV basketball

    Las Vegas Sun "History and common sense tell us there will be more maneuvers for UNLV, but for now the Rebels are all set on scholarships for 2016 because today guard Christian Vital announced his commitment on Twitter. “Much prayer has been put into this and I have come to point where I feel they have been..." September 24

  • Ex-St. John’s star Chris Obekpa transfers to UNLV

    New York Post "Chris Obekpa is headed to Sin City to revive his career. The former St. John’s shot-blocking dynamo announced his transfer to UNLV with an Instagram post on Wednesday that read “Rebirth” with a photo of the UNLV mascot. Obekpa has to sit out this season, per NCAA transfer rules, and has one..." August 06

  • Tyrell Bellot-Green commits to UNLV basketball

    Coloradoan "Sorry, Rams, junior college forward Tyrell Bellot-Green won't be playing for CSU next season. I spoke with a source close to Bellot-Green on Monday morning who confirmed that the 6-foot-7 Canadian out of Hill College in Texas will be attending UNLV in the fall. He later confirmed this with an..." May 12

  • Mercer star Nwamu transfers to UNLV

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Ike Nwamu, a 6-foot-5-inch shooting guard, announced Saturday he is transferring from Mercer to play basketball at UNLV. As a graduate transfer, Nwamu will be eligible for the 2015-16 season. He led the Bears in scoring last season at 15.1 points per game and shot 37.2 percent from 3-point..." May 03

  • UNLV's Christian Wood declares for NBA draft

    The Score "UNLV forward Christian Wood is turning pro. The Rebels sophomore announced on his personal Twitter account Wednesday that he will forego his final two years of college to declare for the NBA draft. " April 23

  • Rebels waiting on Wood to decide if he’ll be back

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Sometime soon, Chris Wood must make a decision that will impact his future and UNLV’s front line in a major way next season. The sophomore forward has been quiet for more than a month as he contemplates his status for the NBA Draft. The deadline for underclassmen to enter is April 26. “I’m..." April 19

  • Five-star center prospect Stephen Zimmerman commits to UNLV

    CBS Sports "Five-star prospect Stephen Zimmerman will be staying close to home to play his college ball. The center committed to UNLV via Twitter on Thursday night, ending months of speculation as to who would win the race for his services. Zimmerman is the No. 9 prospect nationally according to..." April 17

  • Report: UNLV freshman guard Rashad Vaughn to enter NBA draft; Vaughn denies it

    Pro Basketball Talk "To me, this is why the proposed changes to the NCAA rules on when players can announce for the draft — and letting some underclassman go to a combine where they can get honest feedback from teams, not agents/family/hangers-on — is so needed. UNLV freshman guard Rashad Vaughn may be entering the..." March 28

  • Sources: UNLV’s Rashad Vaughn plans to enter NBA draft

    Yahoo! Sports "University of Nevada-Las Vegas freshman guard Rashad Vaughn has plans to enter the 2015 NBA draft, league sources told Yahoo Sports. A formal announcement is expected in the near future, sources said. The 6-foot-6 Vaughn has a chance to ascend into a first-round draft choice with a good..." March 27

  • Dave Rice will remain at UNLV

    CBS Sports "Dave Rice will remain UNLV 's coach, a source told CBSSports.com on Monday. A formal announcement is expected soon. Rice just completed his fourth season at his alma mater by finishing 18-15 and missing the NCAA tournament for the second straight season. Consequently, his status was very..." March 16

  • UNLV’s leading scorer out with a torn meniscus

    College Basketball Talk "Rashad Vaughn tore the meniscus in his left knee in a win over Fresno State on Tuesday night. Vaughn, a freshman guard and a potential first round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft, was UNLV’s leading scorer this season at 17.8 points. Vaughn also missed a game earlier this season after suffering a..." February 12

  • Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian dies at 84

    USA Today "Former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian, who led the Runnin' Rebels to four Final Fours and the 1990 NCAA men's basketball championship, died Wednesday at age 84, his son Danny Tarkanian announced. Jerry Tarkanian had been hospitalized this week with breathing problems. Despite his accomplishments,..." February 11

  • Tarkanian resting comfortably at Las Vegas hospital after latest health scare

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Former UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian was resting comfortably Monday night at Valley Hospital Medical Center after being unresponsive earlier in the day while being treated for low blood pressure and an infection. Tarkanian, 84, was in the hospital’s intensive care unit, according to his..." February 10

  • UNLV transfer Kendall Smith finds a new home in the Big West

    College Basketball Talk "UNLV transfer Kendall Smith will head to the Big West conference as the sophomore guard will continue his college basketball career at Cal State Northridge. The news of Smith’s transfer was first reported by CBS Sports‘ Jon Rothstein and the California native sent out a tweet saying that he was..." January 05

  • Jerry Tarkanian admitted to hospital, resting in ICU

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Hall of Fame basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is back in the hospital after waking up Wednesday morning struggling with his breathing, coughing and suffering from low blood pressure. Tarkanian, 84, was admitted to Valley Hospital Medical Center and was resting comfortably in the intensive care..." November 20

  • UNLV lands four-star high-flying prospect Derrick Jones

    SLAM Online "Moments after Kentucky landed two top-15 prospects in Skal Labissiere and Isaiah Briscoe live on ESPNU, Derrick Jones, who was also considering the Wildcats, opted for the UNLV Rebels instead. The explosive 6-6 forward averaged 15.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and two blocks per game last season as a..." November 14

  • Cody Doolin could be the ideal antidote to what has ailed UNLV

    Yahoo Sports - NCAAB - The Dagger "Shortly after Cody Doolin abruptly left the University of San Francisco two weeks into his senior season, UNLV coach Dave Rice called to gauge the point guard's interest in joining the Rebels this year. By the time he hung up the phone, Rice had a hunch Doolin's recruitment would be..." October 20

  • Report: Four-star SF Justin Jackson commits to UNLV

    SI "Four-star small forward Justin Jackson has committed to UNLV, reports Jeff Borzello of CBSSports. Jackson is ranked as the No. 33 player in the Class of 2016 by Rivals.com. The 6-foot-7 forward is a native of Canada and attends Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nevada​. He chose the Runnin'..." September 30

  • UNLV transfer receives waiver to play immediately at UT-Martin

    College Basketball Talk "Deville Smith has received a waiver and will be eligible to play for Tennessee-Martin immediately this season, a source confirmed to NBCSports. Smith spent last season playing for UNLV, where he averaged 9.7 points and started 18 games at the point as a junior. UT-Martin will be his fourth..." September 29

  • UNLV’s Daquan Cook out with knee injury

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "UNLV point guard Daquan Cook suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee and will redshirt this season, coach Dave Rice said. Cook, who was considering redshirting this year before the injury, is a junior with two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2015-16. " September 04

  • Former UNLV guard finds a new home

    College Basketball Talk "Former UNLV guard Deville Smith has found a new home as the 6-foot guard will play his final year at Tennessee-Martin. Smith announced his move on Twitter but the story was first reported by CBSSports.com’s Jon Rothstein. Smith will follow former UNLV associate head coach Heath Schroyer, who is..." August 25

  • Report: Former UNLV guard transfers to UT Martin

    College Basketball Talk "New UT Martin head coach Heath Schroyer spent the past three seasons on Dave Rice’s staff at UNLV, and according to a report Schroyer has added a former Runnin’ Rebel to his roster. Guard Deville Smith, who was one of the options used by Rice at the point guard position last season, has decided..." August 21

  • Cody Doolin awarded fifth-year, but not eligible for ’14-’15 just yet

    College Basketball Talk "UNLV sent out a release on Tuesday morning announcing that Cody Doolin has been given a fifth-year of eligibility by the NCAA. “We are very happy for Cody,” UNLV head coach Dave Rice said in the release. “He has a tremendous amount of experience as a point guard and he has become a leader in..." August 12

  • Judge rules against NCAA in revolutionary O'Bannon case

    ESPN "In a landmark decision, a federal judge ruled Friday that the NCAA is in violation of the nation's antitrust laws by restricting the compensation that major college football and men's basketball student-athletes can receive for use of their names, images and likenesses. U.S. District Court..." August 08

  • UNLV transfer receives waiver, eligible immediately at Florida-Gulf Coast

    College Basketball Talk "Demetris Morant has a waiver to grant him immediate eligibility at Florida-Gulf Coast granted, the school announced on Tuesday. “I’m very happy that the process is over and was completed before the school year even started,” Morant said in a release put out by the school. “I’d like to thank..." August 05

  • UNLV starting PG Deville Smith leaving program

    CBS Sports "The roster fluctuation at UNLV continues. Rising senior Deville Smith is planning to leave the program, according to a report by MyLVSports.com. Smith, a 6-foot point guard who began his career at Mississippi State, started 18 games and averaged 9.7 points and 2.7 assists last..." May 22

  • Rutgers guard commits to UNLV, adding another transfer to the mix

    Las Vegas Sun "Rutgers transfer Jerome Seagears is the newest Rebel, he told the Sun today. Seagears, a 6-foot-1 guard, was in town for an official visit and made his decision known just before taking off on his flight back home to Maryland. Seagears has one year of eligibility remaining and the Rebels expect..." May 16

  • UNLV’s Morant transferring to be close to father

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Demetris Morant, who played sparingly as a redshirt freshman, is transferring from UNLV to a college in Florida to be close to his ill father. Morant will seek a waiver from the NCAA in hopes of being granted eligibility for the 2014-15 basketball season. He is most likely transferring to..." May 14

  • Khem Birch leaving UNLV for NBA

    ESPN "UNLV junior big man Khem Birch told ESPN.com he is headed to the NBA draft. The 6-foot-9, 220-pound Canadian big man averaged 11.5 points, 10.2 rebounds and 3.8 blocks last season. Birch began his college career at Pittsburgh and played 10 games before transferring to UNLV." April 25

  • Cyclones add UNLV's leading scorer, JUCO standout

    Covers.com "The Iowa State Cyclones added some needed help in the backcourt Sunday when former UNLV guard Bryce Dejean-Jones announced he would transfer to Ames. The 6-foot-5 guard led the Rebels in scoring last season (13.6 PPG) while also averaging 3.7 rebounds and 3.0 assists. He will be eligible..." April 14

  • Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian hospitalized again in Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "Hall of Fame college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is back in the hospital, according to a report from the Associated Press. The 83-year-old Tarkanian, who made his name at UNLV -- winning a national title there in 1990 -- has been battling health issues in recent years. He spent 11 days..." April 11

  • Hall of Fame coach Jerry Tarkanian hospitalized again in Las Vegas

    CBS Sports "Hall of Fame college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian is back in the hospital, according to a report from the Associated Press. The 83-year-old Tarkanian, who made his name at UNLV -- winning a national title there in 1990 -- has been battling health issues in recent years. He spent 11 days..." April 10

  • Junior Roscoe Smith to leave UNLV and enter name in NBA Draft

    Pro Basketball Talk "You remember Roscoe Smith, he was a starter as a freshman on the 2011 UConn national championship team. If you’re wondering what happened to him since, he played another season for the Huskies then transferred out to UNLV, where this past season he averaged 11.1 points and 10.9 assists a game for..." April 05

  • UNLV’s Rice offered head coaching job at South Florida

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "It appears Dave Rice has what every basketball coach desires. He’s in a no-lose situation. Soon enough, Rice either will have a new and improved deal to remain at UNLV or he will accept a contract offer from South Florida worth close to $8 million. A decision is expected today. Rice is..." March 29

  • UNLV’s Rice offered head coaching job at South Florida

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Already facing an intriguing offseason, UNLV basketball coach Dave Rice is in the middle of more drama. Rice is considering accepting the coaching position at South Florida, which has offered a five-year contract for $1.2 million per year. According to sources, the offer was extended within the..." March 28

  • Tennessee-Martin to hire UNLV's Schroyer

    CBS Sports "Tennessee-Martin is expected to name UNLV assistant Heath Schroyer as its next head coach, multiple sources told CBSSports.com. An official announcement is expected on Thursday. Schroyer has been with the Runnin' Rebels since 2011 and was previously the head coach at Wyoming and Portland..." March 18

  • UNLV's leading scorer Dejean-Jones dismissed from team

    Las Vegas Review-Journal "Time for the reboot to begin. There will be no more basketball for UNLV this season after the Rebels were bypassed Sunday by the 32-team National Invitation Tournament and the team opted not to accept a bid to either the College Basketball Invitational or the Collegeinsider.com..." March 18

  • Bryce Dejean-Jones not returning to UNLV next season

    CBS Sports "Despite a 20-win season, it was something of a disappointing campaign for UNLV, which did not reach the postseason. But the Runnin' Rebels have a terrific recruiting class coming in, creating some optimism in Vegas for next season. But they will be without leading scorer Bryce Dejean-Jones, who..." March 17

  • San Diego St. 59, UNLV 51

    ProSportsDaily "Dwayne Polee II scored 18 points off the bench as the Aztecs held off a late rally to defeat the Runnin' Rebels in the semifinals of the Mountain West Conference tournament in Las Vegas. Xavier Thames collected 17 points and six assists for top-seeded San Diego State (29-3), which will play New..." March 15

  • UNLV's Dejean-Jones, Smith expected to play vs. Wyoming

    CBS Sports "UNLV will get both Bryce Dejean-Jones and Roscoe Smith back for Thursday's Mountain West tournament quarterfinal game vs. Wyoming, Dave Rice said Tuesday. Dejean-Jones missed the Runnin' Rebels last game at Nevada due to suspension while Smith was sidelined for the past two games because of a..." March 12

  • San Diego St. 73, UNLV 64

    ProSportsDaily "Xavier Thames scored a game-high 19 points and the visiting Aztecs finished the contest on a 12-2 run to remain tied for the Mountain West Conference lead with one game to play. Matt Shrigley and Dwayne Polee II came off the bench to score 14 and 13 points, respectively, as San Diego State..." March 06

  • UNLV forward Roscoe Smith out for Wednesday's game vs. SDSU

    CBS Sports "San Diego State has a difficult road trip to UNLV before the season-ending showdown with New Mexico, but the Aztecs won't have to deal with one of the Runnin' Rebels' best players. UNLV junior forward Roscoe Smith will miss Wednesday's game with a concussion, the school announced Sunday..." March 03

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