Busy few days for Rebels highlighted by Vaughn, Doolin LOIs
There is finally good news to report in Runnin’ Rebels camp, at least for now.
Meanwhile, head coach Dave Rice and his staff still await word on news that could change the landscape of UNLV next season (*cough, cough* Khem Birch).
Regardless, there’s been a lot that’s happened related to UNLV in the last few days. Here’s what’s been going on.
Rebels solidify recruiting class with Vaughn and Doolin
Rashad Vaughn is officially signed.
The Findlay Prep star, considered the crown jewel of UNLV’s recruiting class, sent in his letter of intent on Thursday and will be a member of the Runnin’ Rebels next season.
“Rashad is a great addition to our team,” Rice said in a statement. “He is an explosive scorer and is terrific making plays for others.”
The signing of Vaughn completes UNLV’s dynamic freshman trio, along with forwards Dwayne Morgan and Goodluck Okonoboh.
UNLV also received a letter of intent from senior point guard Cody Doolin on Thursday, who transferred from San Francisco on Feb. 21.
Doolin left the Dons on Nov. 29 after he was involved in a physical altercation with a teammate, taking the majority of the punishment.
“We are excited for Cody to join our team,” Rice said. “He is a true point guard and natural leader. He is a very capable scorer but is at his best leading and making plays for others.”
Doolin still needs to get approval from the NCAA to play next season, which shouldn’t be a problem.
Class of 2014 guard McCaw commits to Rebels
6-foot-5 guard Patrick McCaw has verbally committed to join UNLV next year, as well.
McCaw, from Montrose Christian High (MD), visited the campus last week before the first day of the spring’s signing period.
McCaw is an all-around player that, with grooming, could become a solid player for Rice. He can attack the rim as well as hit long-range jumpers. Look for McCaw to be a candidate for the redshirt.
Miller named new assistant coach
The Rebels have snagged a former New Mexico assistant coach to join their staff.
Ryan Miller, who was an associate coach at Auburn for the last two seasons, will join Rice’s coaching staff next season.
Considered one of the best recruiters in the country, Miller was a member of Steve Alford’s New Mexico teams from 2007-12. In that time, New Mexico recruited the likes of Kendall Williams, Alex Kirk and Cameron Bairstow.
Former Rebel Goodman commits to Arizona State
Former UNLV forward Savon Goodman has found a new home in Arizona State, according to multiple reports.
The four-star forward, who left the program before the start of last season due to off-the-court trouble, committed to the Sun Devils on Saturday and is expected to be eligible to play next season.
Goodman averaged 3.6 points and 2.4 rebounds per game as a freshman for the Rebels in 2012-13, and was supposed to be a key contributor to this past season’s team.
But the 20-year-old Goodman was charged with conspiracy to commit burglary, grand larceny and burglary after stealing $500 in cash, 26 video games and a pair of shoes from a friend’s apartment in May.
Goodman attended Indian Hills Community College in Iowa last semester, but did not play, thus keeping that extra year of eligibility.