Without even having to factor in transfer Khem Birch, UNLV head coach Dave Rice did a terrific job on the recruiting trail nabbing a McDonald’s All-American and top-ten recruit from nearby Findlay Prep and a top-40 point guard who is a top-ten floor general in the senior class. UNLV already has a talented roster but adding guys like point guard Katin Reinhardt (#40) and Anthony Bennett (#7) gives them the potential to be a top-ten team in the country during the 2012-13 season. It will also be interesting to see how Rice fares with future Findlay Prep products after landing a big-time talent like Bennett.
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Bennett is a physically imposing forward who has a great combination of size, strength, athleticism and explosiveness. He is a monster in transition, is an excellent rebounder and is versatile. He is able to step outside and play on both ends of the court and he’s a very good finisher where he excels above the rim. Bennett also has the ability to hit perimeter and mid-range jumpers although he can certainly improve his consistency and range. He can also improve his interior scoring moves to become an all-around better threat on offense.
Reinhardt is a terrific ball-handler who is able to create scoring opportunities for both himself and his teammates. He is also a good passer and has very good court vision, although he needs to work on his ability to take care of the ball. He’s great in transition and is able to hit a jump shot from all over the court. Reinhardt is an overall terrific shooter but could improve his shot-selection so he doesn’t rely on his perimeter jump shot too much.
Demetris Morant | Overall: NR | Position: Power Forward (NR) | 6’8 | 195
Morant is a long, athletic forward who is a high-flying dunking machine. He’s a highlight waiting to happen and loves to get out in the open court and finish above the rim. Because of his physical tools, he is a good rebounder and shot-blocker and he also has terrific hands. You have to love his upside although he can develop better interior scoring moves in addition to improving his strength.
DaQuan Cook | Overall: NR | Position: Point Guard (NR) | 6’1 | 160
Cook is a floor general who can fill up the bucket very quickly. He has the ability to score from all three levels and has a better mid-range game than a lot of other people in his class. He loves to use the dribble-drive, is fast with the ball and draws multiple defenders when attacking the basket so he can kick it out to shooters. However, he needs to improve on his perimeter shooting in addition to his strength [or lack thereof].