In less than a day's time, the program that best boosted its chances for next season this spring was ... UNLV?

How about that for a plot twist in the midst of college hoops' decisive April recruiting period?

If you go to UNLV's official basketball website, a page touting an unexpectedly strong six-man recruiting class is the first thing you see. Things are suddenly fruitful in the desert. A late-period coup of signings amounts to the best batch of recruiting news for this program in a very long time. And it's led by the surprise commitment of a potential one-and-done five-star prospect who could become the best player in the Mountain West next season.

"When we were processing how to navigate the late signing period, we had to address several issues," UNLV coach Marvin Menzies said. "Some of those things were balancing the classes, filling specific needs within the roster, the APR components and laying a solid foundation for immediate improvement as well as long-term success."

Menzies, going into his second year at UNLV, just signed six players who could take Vegas from the Mountain West's basement (11-21, 4-14 conference) to the top of its standings. The big fish: Brandon McCoy. Don't know the name? You will by November. McCoy ranks as the 13th-best prospect in the class of 2017. That's higher than some incoming freshmen you might know: Kentucky-bound P.J. Washington, Quade Green and Nick Richards, Duke-bound Gary Trent Jr., Kansas-bound Billy Preston and Oklahoma-bound Trae Young.