UNLV Rides Recruiting Roller Coaster

Those who don’t believe collegiate recruiting is a fickle matter just haven’t been around long enough.

Just a month ago, it looked as if Rosco Allen, a highly regarded forward at Bishop Gorman High School, would land at UNLV. But Allen made a verbal commitment Monday to Stanford. The Rivals.com four-star prospect seemed all but penciled into the Rebels’ rotation after a family meeting with UNLV coach Dave Rice in September.

Moving forward, UNLV is one of the two schools remaining on Gorman senior Ben Carter’s list. The 6-foot-8 Carter is a three-star power forward—and the glue-type competitor every program is in search of. Carter apparently has narrowed his list to UNLV and Oregon, and is expected to make his decision soon. He has already eliminated Arizona State, USC and Boston College from his list.

Rebel fans need fear not, though. Rice is still pursuing other forward prospects who would be good fits for his up-tempo style. Findlay Prep senior Winston Shepard has a high motor on both ends of the court. And Findlay’s Anthony Bennett, who is also considering UNLV, just might be the best forward in the country.

Recruiting will always have its hits and misses. That’s what makes it fun to follow, yet agonizing at the same time.

College basketball’s early signing period begins Nov. 9, and UNLV is expected to receive commitments from 6-foot-9 Gorman forward Demetris Morant, 6-foot-1 guard Daquan Cook and 6-foot-4 guard Katin Reinhardt. That leaves two remaining scholarships for Rice to fill. Might one of those go to Gorman guard Shabazz Muhammad, the nation’s top-rated recruit? We’ll likely have to wait until spring on that one.