EJ HARKLESS TO TRANSFER FROM OKLAHOMA TO UNLV MEN’S BASKETBALL PROGRAM
All-Big 12 honoree added to 2022-23 Runnin’ Rebel roster
The UNLV men’s basketball program has received a signed commitment from Oklahoma transfer EJ Harkless to join the Runnin’ Rebels for the 2022-23 season, head coach Kevin Kruger announced Friday.
Harkless, a 6-foot-3-inch, 195-pound guard, is originally from San Bernardino, California, and will be coming to UNLV as a graduate transfer with one year of eligibility remaining.
“We are looking forward to having EJ be a part of the Runnin’ Rebel program,” Kruger said. “He is a high-level competitor and big shot maker, who also brings NCAA Tournament playing experience. He is also a tough, high-level defender.”
Harkless was a two-year starter at Oklahoma, playing in 49 games for the Sooners (40 starts) during the 2020-21 and 2021-22 seasons. He averaged 10.0 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game last season, earning All-Big 12 Honorable Mention honors.
Prior to his time at Oklahoma, he played at Cal State Northridge for two seasons (2018-20), where he was one of only 17 players in the country to average at least 10.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.6 steals during his sophomore year.
Harkless joins Jackie Johnson III and Eli Parquet as incoming transfers to the Runnin’ Rebels for next season.
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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.