When UNLV basketball practice began today, it was a little quieter than usual at the Mendenhall Center.
That’s because one of the team’s most vocal players, junior forward Mike Moser, wasn’t on the court. The All-American candidate showed up midway through the session wearing street clothes and watched the rest of practice from the sideline.
Afterward, he said the day off was meant to help him rest a nagging groin injury.
“Nothing serious,” said Moser, who led the Rebels with 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds per game last year. “It’s a slightly pulled groin issue. I’ve been getting treatment on it all week, trying to take it easy and get ready for next week.”
Moser said his left groin has been bothering him for more than a week. He initially thought he’d be able to shake it off without missing any time, but eventually ceded that some rest was necessary.
“Hopefully I’ll be back tomorrow,” Moser said. “We’ll see how it feels.”
Coach Dave Rice didn’t seem too concerned.
“He absolutely, 100 percent would play if we had a game tonight,” said Rice. “It’s just more precautionary than anything.”
Class of 2015 prospect Jeter in attendance
There was a VIP guest at Thursday’s practice, as Bishop Gorman Class of 2015 prospect Chase Jeter attended the session.
Afterward, sources confirmed that Jeter, a 6-foot-8 power forward, has been offered a scholarship by UNLV.
Jeter oftentimes gets caught in the shadow of fellow Gorman sophomore Stephen Zimmerman, a 6-foot-10 phenom who is ranked No. 8 in the country by ESPN. But Jeter showed improving skills over the summer and could see a corresponding bump in the rankings once the high school season gets underway.
The Rebels are also said to be in early on Zimmerman, along with Arizona and UCLA.
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