UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: McCoy Announces He Will Declare For NBA Draft

MCCOY ANNOUNCES HE WILL DECLARE FOR NBA DRAFT

 


UNLV men’s basketball center was named Mountain West Freshman of the Year
UNLV men’s basketball freshman center Brandon McCoy has announced that he will declare for the 2018 NBA Draft.

 

“This is probably one of the toughest decisions I have ever made,” McCoy said. “My experience at UNLV has been amazing. I love Las Vegas, the university, Coach Menzies, my teammates and the entire Runnin’ Rebel program. I will always be a Rebel, but when weighing all the factors, with the support of my family I have decided it is in my best interest to forgo my collegiate eligibility and pursue my lifelong dream of playing in the NBA. I plan to earn my degree and will continue to work with Coach so that is achieved in the near future. There were so many great memories created here. I want to thank the entire Rebel Family and I will be their biggest fan moving forward. I will carry the Vegas Strong mentality with me for the rest of my life.”

 

McCoy, a 7-footer originally from Chicago, graduated from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. He was selected as this season’s Mountain West’s Freshman of the Year and set the league’s freshman scoring and rebounding records with 16.9 ppg and 10.3 rpg. He also averaged 1.7 blocks per contest and shot 54.5 percent from the field. He had a MW-leading 18 double-doubles, which ranks 11th in the nation overall and third among all freshmen.

 

“Brandon was an amazing addition to our program and helped to legitimize our ability to recruit top-tier talent,” said UNLV head men’s basketball coach Marvin Menzies. “His commitment to his academics is real and I am confident he will continue to work toward his bachelor’s degree from UNLV. Even though his time here was short, it was great having him as a part of the program. I am confident he will have a successful career at the next level based on his dedication, commitment, ability and overall character.”

 

McCoy, who came to UNLV as a McDonald’s High School All-American and consensus five-star recruit, was named a Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Top-Five Finalist. The award goes to the nation’s top collegiate center. He was also on the midseason top 25 watch list for the John R. Wooden Award, which goes to the nation’s top collegiate player.

 

The nation’s fourth-leading freshman rebounder this season, McCoy also serves as the men’s basketball program’s representative on the UNLV Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. He was also named to the United States Basketball Writers Association’s All-District Team.

 

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: McCoy On Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award Watch List

MCCOY ON KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR AWARD WATCH LIST

UNLV men’s basketball‘s freshman forward named one of the top 10 centers in the country

 

 

UNLV men’s basketball freshman forward Brandon McCoy has been named to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Watch List.
 
McCoy has been recognized as one of the top 10 collegiate centers in the country by the organization and is a candidate for the 2018 award named after Hall of Famer and three-time NCAA Champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The annual award is now in its fourth year and recognizes the top centers in men’s college basketball.
 
A national committee comprised of top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates in October, which has now been narrowed to just 10.
 
In March, five finalists will be presented to Abdul-Jabbar and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner will be honored at ESPN’s College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in downtown Los Angeles on Friday, April 6. 
 
McCoy was also named to two midseason watch lists earlier this season: The John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Midseason Top 25 and to the Lute Olson Award Midseason Watch List.
 
The Chicago, Illinois, native has led the Runnin’ Rebels to a 17-7 overall record this season, and is tops on the team in both scoring (17.6 ppg) and rebounding (9.9) rpg. McCoy, who was named the Mountain West’s Preseason Freshman of the Year, has earned conference player of the week honors twice this season and has recorded 12 double-doubles on the year (13th in the nation). He is shooting 59.1 percent from the field and is on pace to set the league’s freshman scoring average record. 
 
The Runnin’ Rebels are coming off a victory at No. 23 UNR and host Wyoming on Saturday, Feb. 10 at 5 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. There will be a pregame Kid Zone in the Mendenhall Center starting at 3:30 p.m. The first 3,000 fans at the game will receive a free foam finger courtesy of UMC and the first 300 fans will receive a voucher for a free popcorn. 
 
Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office. The Family Fun Pack is also available for this game (four tickets, hot dogs and drinks for only $56).
 
 
2018 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center of the Year Award Candidates
Jaren Jackson Jr. (Michigan State)
Isaac Haas (Purdue)
Jock Landale (Saint Mary’s)
Angel Delgado (Seton Hall)
Vladimir Brodziansky (TCU)
Mohamed Bamba (Texas)
Tyler Davis (Texas A&M)
Thomas Welsh (UCLA)
Brandon McCoy (UNLV)
Ethan Happ (Wisconsin)  

 

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: McCoy On Wooden Award’s Midseason Top 25 List

MCCOY ON WOODEN AWARD’S MIDSEASON TOP 25 LIST

UNLV men’s basketball’s freshman forward considered one of the top-25 frontrunners for college basketball’s most prestigious honor

UNLV men’s basketball freshman forward Brandon McCoy is on The John R. Wooden Award presented by Wendy’s Midseason Top 25 list, which was announced Thursday by the Los Angeles Athletic Club. The list will be featured tonight on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. PT.
 
The award is the most prestigious individual honor in college basketball, presented annually to the top player in the country. McCoy is one of just six freshmen on the list. He is also one of just five players to debut on the midseason list after not appearing in the preseason top 50 and is the only player from the Mountain West to earn the nod.
 
The Chicago, Illinois, native has led the Runnin’ Rebels to a 13-4 overall record this season, and is tops in both scoring (19.2 ppg) and rebounding (9.9) rpg. McCoy, who was named the Mountain West’s Preseason Freshman of the Year, has earned conference player of the week honors twice this season and has recorded 10 double-doubles on the year (ninth in the nation). He is shooting 61.9 percent from the field.
 
McCoy is the first Runnin’ Rebel to be included on the Wooden Award’s Midseason Top 25 list since Mike Moser and Anthony Bennett appeared on it in back-to-back years in 2012 and 2013. Larry Johnson is UNLV’s only winner of the Wooden Award (1991). 
 
The Midseason Top 25 list was chosen by a poll of national college basketball experts based on performances during the first half of the 2017-18 season. The 10-player Wooden All-American Team will be announced the week of the “Elite Eight” round of the NCAA Tournament, while the winner will be presented during the ESPN College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s on Friday, April 6.
 
The Runnin’ Rebels recorded a victory on Wednesday night at Air Force and have a bye this weekend. The team will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 17 vs. New Mexico at the Thomas & Mack Center. The 7 p.m. game will be a Black Out. Fans are encouraged to wear black UNLV gear to the game and the first 750 students in attendance will receive a free black t-shirt. 
 
Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.  

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: McCoy Named MW Player Of The Week, Runnin’ Rebels Receive Votes In AP Poll

UNLV FRESHMAN BRANDON MCCOY NAMED MOUNTAIN WEST PLAYER OF THE WEEK

UNLV men’s basketball also receives votes in Associated Press poll after 6-0 start to the season

UNLV freshman forward Brandon McCoy was named Mountain West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week for games played through Sunday, November 26, the league announced Monday. It is the first career MW weekly honor for McCoy.
 
The Chicago native, who came to UNLV out of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, led the Runnin’ Rebels to a 3-0 week with victories over Rice (95-68), Utah (85-58) and Southern Utah (101-82). In the three games, McCoy averaged 21.3 points, 13.7 rebounds and 2.7 blocks per game. In addition, he shot 61.1 percent from the field and 90.9 percent from the free-throw line.
 
McCoy recorded a double-double in all three games. 
 
Against Rice, he poured in a game-high 23 points on 7 of 11 shooting from the field and was 9 of 10 from the charity stripe. He also pulled down 10 rebounds in just 23 minutes of action. Against Utah in the championship game of the MGM Resorts Main Event, he posted a career-best 26 points and a game-high 17 rebounds. He was 9 of 14 from the field and a perfect 8 of 8 from the free-throw line. He was named the event’s MVP. He added 15 points and 14 rebounds with a career-high and game-high six blocks against Southern Utah on Saturday.
 
With a record of 6-0, UNLV is off to its best start in six years as it was also undefeated after six games during the 2011-12 season. The Runnin’ Rebels are also receiving votes in this week’s Associated Press Poll.
 
UNLV will play its first true road game of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 29 at Northern Iowa. The game, which is part of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge is scheduled for 5  p.m. PT on ESPN3. The Runnin’ Rebels’ next home game will be Saturday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. vs. Arizona at the Thomas & Mack Center. Tickets may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: McCoy Named Preseason MW Freshman of the Year

UNLV’S BRANDON MCCOY NAMED PRESEASON MW FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR

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UNLV men’s basketball 7-footer Brandon McCoy was named 2017-18 Preseason Mountain West Freshman of the Year Wednesday. The league released its Preseason All-Conference Team, which was selected by members of the media, in conjunction with the start of its men’s basketball media summit at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas.

McCoy, originally from Chicago, Illinois, is a 2017 graduate of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. The consensus five-star recruit was rated by ESPN as the nation’s sixth-best prospect at one point during his senior year and was honored as a McDonald’s High School All-American. As a senior at Cathedral Catholic, he averaged 28.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game. He is the program’s first preseason conference freshman of the year since Stephen Zimmerman Jr., in 2015.

The media poll was also announced at the conference’s media summit. The Runnin’ Rebels were picked sixth and received one first-place vote.

Today also marks the start of Runnin’ Rebel Week with the free Scarlet & Gray Showcase at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. Other events include an appearance by the team at UNLV football on Saturday and the Slam Dunk Social for Ladies on Sunday. Click here for more information along with the rest of the week’s activities.

UNLV, which is in its second year under Coach Menzies, has brought in a recruiting class that has been ranked as high as No. 12 in the country. Seven new players have been added to the roster for the 2017-18 season, including McCoy and National Junior College Player of the Year Shakur Juiston. The team also returns its leading scorer from last year in senior guard Jovan Mooring.

The Runnin’ Rebels host an exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Center Friday, Nov. 3, vs. Alaska-Fairbanks, and open the regular season Saturday, Nov. 11, vs. Florida A&M.

SEASON TICKETS
Season tickets are on sale now and start as low as $119. They may be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

MINI PLANS
Two mini-plan options for this season include upper and lower bowl seats:

• Pick-3 Plan:
One premium game (Arizona, San Diego State or Nevada, Reno) plus two non-premium games (non-conference or conference). Prices range from $42-177 depending on seat location.

• Conference Plan:
Six pre-set games (Utah State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Wyoming, Fresno State, Nevada, Reno). Prices range from $72-342 depending on seat location.

Mini plans may also be purchased at UNLVtickets.com, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

SINGLE-GAME TICKETS
Single-game tickets may be purchased starting Thursday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. with an online-only presale, then on the phone at 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office starting Monday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: McCoy Makes USA Basketball U19 World Cup Team Roster

BRANDON MCCOY MAKES USA BASKETBALL U19 WORLD CUP TEAM ROSTER
Runnin’ Rebel freshman one of 12 to represent the United States in Cairo, Egypt

UNLV men’s basketball freshman center Brandon McCoy is among 12 of the nation’s top 19-and-under male basketball players named to the 2017 USA Basketball Men’s U19 World Cup Team, USA Basketball announced Thursday.
 
McCoy was one of 27 players to take part in the USA Men’s U19 training camp, which began June 18 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. 18 finalists were named June 20 and the team was selected following seven training sessions. 
 
“We are very happy that Brandon has made the final cut for the U19 USA Men’s Basketball Team and is headed to Cairo, Egypt.” UNLV men’s basketball head coach Marvin Menzies said. “It is exciting to have one of our young Rebels representing us in the World Championships! We will be watching and pulling for the USA to win it all.”
 
As the 2013 and 2015 FIBA U19 World Champion, the United States will look for a third-consecutive gold medal at the July 1-9 FIBA U19 World Cup for Men in Cairo, Egypt. The team will remain in Colorado Springs and will train through June 25 before departing for Egypt.
 
Others named to the team were: Hamidou Diallo (Kentucky/Queens, NY); Carsen Edwards (Purdue/Atascocita, Texas); Kevin Huerter (Maryland/Clifton Park, N.Y.); Louis King (Hudson Catholic H.S./Columbus, N.J.); Romeo Langford (New Albany H.S./New Albany, Ind.); Josh Okogie (Georgia Tech/Snellville, Ga.); Payton Pritchard (Oregon/West Linn, Ore.); Immanuel Quickly (John Carroll School/Bel Air, Md.); Cameron Reddish (Westtown School/Norristown, Pa.); P.J. Washington (Findlay Prep/Las Vegas, Nev.); and Austin Wiley(Auburn/Hoover, Ala.).
 
University of Kentucky head coach John Calipari is coaching the USA U19 World Cup Team with the assistance of Tad Boyle from the University of Colorado and Danny Manning from Wake Forest University.\
 
McCoy is a highly rated, 6-foot-11-inch, 245-pound forward from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. Originally from Chicago, he is a consensus five-star recruit and was rated as high as the nation’s sixth-best prospect by ESPN.com. He was a McDonald’s High School All-American, scoring 13 points with seven rebounds in this year’s McDonald’s High School All-American game, and was also named MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic.
 
 
Tickets for the 2017-18 Runnin’ Rebel season are on sale now. Purchase at UNLVtickets.com, 702-739-FANS (3267) or at the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL NEWS: Runnin’ Rebels Add Six To 2017 Roster

RUNNIN’ REBELS ADD SIX TO 2017-18 ROSTER

Shakur Juiston, Tervell Beck, Chiekh Mbacke Diong, Amauri Hardy, Anthony Smith and Brandon McCoy are the latest to sign with UNLV men’s basketball
 
WATCH: Highlights – Juiston | Beck | Diong | Hardy | Smith | McCoy
 

Shakur Juiston, Tervell Beck, Chiekh Mbacke Diong, Amauri Hardy, Anthony Smith and Brandon McCoy have all signed to join the UNLV men’s basketball program for the 2017-18 season, head coach Marvin Menzies announced Wednesday.

“I’d like to thank my staff for a tremendous job in recruiting these players,” Menzies said. “I am proud of the way we embodied the spirit of teamwork. When we were processing how to navigate the late signing period, we had to address several issues. Some of those things were balancing the classes, filling specific needs within the roster, the APR components and laying a solid foundation for immediate improvement as well as long-term success. I’m very pleased with the signatures we have to date and am very eager to get to work with these young men.

“Being able to bring in a McDonald’s All-American and the top-ranked junior college prospect is a testament to the power of the UNLV brand,” Menzies added. “It is obviously big for us to land such talented young men, but the most impressive thing about this group as a whole is their willingness to continue to get better. All of these families are committed to my principles of what it takes to have a championship program. I’m confident to say that every single new Runnin’ Rebel along with their families are ‘All In.’”

Juiston is a 6-foot-7-inch, 215-pound forward from Hutchinson Community College. He is ranked as the No. 1 junior college prospect in the country after leading his school to the national title this spring. He averaged 17.3 points, 12.1 rebounds and 3.9 assists as a sophomore, while shooting 60.9 percent from the field. He had 24 double-doubles on the year and one triple-double. He was named MVP of the NJCAA Tournament and leaves the school as its record holder in career rebounds with 1,042 points. He also ranks fifth on the school chart in blocks with 117 and 14th in points with 1,042. Coached by Steve Eck, he was also named MVP of the Kansas Jayhawks Community College Conference this year. Originally from New Jersey, he attended Eastside High School.

“Watching Shakur play this season, his improvement was evident and is a tribute to his hard work and the national championship Hutchinson College program he is coming from,” Menzies said. “He is the National Junior College Player of the Year and is a winner. Our Runnin’ Rebel program is lucky to have such a solid and experienced player choose to join us over so many other top-tier schools.”

Beck is a 6-foot-7-inch, 200-pound forward, originally from Cleveland. He attends OnPoint Hoops Academy, which is a prep school in El Reno, Okla. In Cleveland, he averaged 25.2 points per game for Central Catholic High School as a senior in 2015-16. He was selected All-Ohio First Team and led his squad to the district final. He also played AAU for Ohio Basketball Club.

“Tervell will be a mature freshman for us that has a huge upside,” Menzies said. “He has the ability to score in a variety of ways and also has legitimate size and toughness that will bode well for him at this level. I love his versatility and passion to develop.”

Diong is a 6-foot-11-inch, 225-pound forward from Florida Prep Academy in Melbourne. Coached by Julius Reid, he is originally from Senegal. He came to the United States in August and will still just be 17 years old when school starts in the fall. He averaged 14.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game this past season.

“Mbacke is by far one of the most talented freshmen that were still available,” Menzies said. “His ability to defend and run the floor are strengths that will fit nicely into our system. He will have a great career as a Runnin’ Rebel and he will provide stability for the program’s long-term success.”

Hardy is a 6-foot-2-inch, 175-pound point guard from North Farmington High School in Michigan. He is a four-star recruit and ranked the No. 22 point guard in the class by ESPN. As a senior, he averaged 29 points, seven rebounds, six assists and six steals per game, while shooting 45 percent on 3-pointers. He was coached by Todd Negoshian and was named Associated Press Honorable Mention as well as MLive Detroit Dream Team Honorable Mention. He was also a Michigan Mr. Basketball finalist. He had committed to Oklahoma State, but when there was a coaching change he looked elsewhere. He played AAU for The Family Detroit.

“Amauri is a tough, heady left-handed point guard that can do it all,” Menzies said. “He takes pride in his defense and possesses a true gym-rat mentality. He had great chemistry with our players on his visit and it felt like a natural fit to join the Rebel Nation.”

Smith is a 6-foot-7-inch, 200-pound forward from Feather River College in Quincy, Calif. He will be a junior at UNLV in the fall. Coached by Randy Rick, he averaged 20.5 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore. He also made 56.4 percent of his field goals last season, adding 2.4 steals and 2.1 assists per game. He didn’t play basketball in high school, but in his first season of junior college basketball he averaged 18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds and made 57.3 percent of his shots. He received All-Golden Valley Conference honors.

“In my opinion, Anthony was the best at his position in all of California,” Menzies said. “He is one of the most athletic forwards to come out of junior college in the entire country. His rebounding and versatility will give us a boost from day one. He also brings a relentless work ethic that will be contagious to his teammates.”

McCoy is a highly rated, 6-foot-11-inch, 245-pound forward from Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego. He is a consensus five-star recruit and was rated by ESPN.com as the nation’s sixth-best prospect (currently No. 15). A McDonald’s High School All-American, he scored 13 points and had seven rebounds in the recent McDonald’s High School All-American game. He was also MVP of the Jordan Brand Classic.

McCoy was coached in high school by Will Cunningham and averaged 28.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game as a senior. He also played for USA Basketball’s U18 National Team and he scored 34 points in the recent Allen Iverson Roundball Classic game. He played AAU for California Supreme.

“Brandon has the most notoriety of all the guys that we’ve added to the roster and deservedly so,” Menzies said. “He is already recognized on the national scene as one of the best high school players in the country. The thing that impresses me most about Brandon is his desire to improve and continue to trust the process. He took his time to thoroughly analyze his college decision, and fortunately his final decision has him wearing the Scarlet and Gray for his college career.”

Juiston, Beck, Diong, Hardy, Smith and McCoy join Jay Green, who signed with the Runnin’ Rebels during the early signing period in the fall, as members of the 2017 recruiting class. Green is a 6-foot-5-inch guard, originally from Sydney, Australia, who attends Hillcrest Prep in Arizona.