Media roundup: Scarlet/Gray reaction

A quick look at what local and national media are saying about the Rebels on the heels of the Scarlet/Gray Showcase

Thursday night marked a milestone in what many expect to be a memorable season for Rebels, as it was the fans’ first chance to see the hoops team take the court in UNLV uniforms.

Taylor Bern of the Las Vegas Sun takes a look at the roster and wonders how Dave Rice is going to find minutes for all of these guys.

  • It’s been noted many times before, but seeing all that talent running around the Mack was further proof to the fans who filled most of the lower bowl that the expectations of this team are warranted.

In the same article, Bern also touts freshman Savon Goodman for his performance, and I agree that he was the breakout star of the night. Most people expected Anthony Bennett to be spectacular, and he was, but Goodman has shown great defensive intensity in practice and the fans saw it last night at the Thomas & Mack.

  • [Goodman]’s arguably good enough to start at all but one other Mountain West roster and he could end up being a huge piece to the Rebels’ puzzle. Or, Rice may need him only in spot duty this year. The range of possibilities for a guy like him is as wide as possible, yet for now at least everyone is getting along and sharing the ball.

Yahoo!’s college basketball blog picked up on Bennett’s aerial acrobatics, running a story on his dunk over the “Mozilla” cutout.

  • Anthony Bennett‘s performance in the dunk contest at Thursday’s Scarlet/Gray Showcase did nothing to diminish the excitement for the UNLV freshman’s college debut in a few weeks. Bennett had two fans hold up the giant cardboard cutout of teammate Mike Moser known as “Mozilla” that UNLV students brandished during the season last year. Then Bennett leapt over the cardboard version of his teammate and soared for a one-handed dunk.

The Sun’s recap of the dunk contest says it wasn’t always smooth, but in the end the players succeeded in putting on a show and keeping the fans hyped for the upcoming season.

  • It wasn’t the prettiest dunking exhibition, that’s for sure, but when it came to a close everybody on the court and in the crowd was happy. Why? Props, of course … All in all the kids did alright.

The Sun and the Review-Journal also both have photo galleries from the Scarlet/Gray Showcase.

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