SHANE NOWELL TO TRANSFER FROM ARIZONA TO UNLV
6-foot-6-inch guard, who is a former top-100 recruit, will join the UNLV men’s basketball program starting with the 2022-23 season
The UNLV men’s basketball program has received a signed commitment from Shane Nowell to join the Runnin’ Rebels for the 2022-23 season, head coach Kevin Kruger announced Thursday.
Nowell, a former top-100 recruit, is a 6-foot-6-inch, 210-pound guard, who is transferring to UNLV from Arizona, where he played as a freshman during the 2021-22 season. He will be a sophomore this season with three years of eligibility remaining.
Originally from Seattle, Washington, Nowell appeared in 19 games for the nationally ranked Wildcats this past season. He was ranked as the 69th-best player in the Class of 2021 and 16th at his position by ESPN.
“We are thrilled that Shane has chosen to become a Runnin’ Rebel,” Kruger said. “He has great size and strength, and has competed at some of the highest levels. His knowledge of, and passion for the game of basketball is impressive and he is a great teammate. He embraces playing defense at a high level and will offer versatility on the offensive end.”
Nowell played high school basketball at Eastside Catholic in Seattle. His brother, Jaylen, was the Pac-12 Player of the Year in 2018-19 at Washington and plays in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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2021-22 SEASON RECAP: The Runnin’ Rebels are coming off a successful 2021-22 season, which marked the first under head coach Kevin Kruger. The team accumulated 18 wins – its most in four years – and recorded 10 Mountain West victories, exceeding preseason expectations in the league standings.
With a revamped roster that included nine transfers, the team continually showed improvement as the season progressed, advancing 43 spots in the national KenPom ratings along the way. In addition, Coach Kruger was recently recognized as one of the nation’s top first-year head coaches in Division I men’s college basketball.