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NCAA grants UNLV point guard Cody Doolin immediate eligibility

One of the most important pieces for the Runnin' Rebels heading into the 2014-2015 season, the transfer point guard from San Francisco has been granted his Season of Competition waiver request and pending a transfer residency waiver, will be eligible for UNLV this season.

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After three full seasons in San Francisco, Doolin, the 6-foot-3, 180-pound point guard from Austin, Texas, transferred to UNLV in the spring after graduating from USF with a bachelor's degree in finance and appearing in just four games for the Dons last season.

With the approval by the NCAA's Student Athlete Reinstatement Committee, Doolin's senior year of eligibility has been restored and now UNLV will wait to hear if the NCAA approves it's request for a transfer residency waiver. If it is approved by the NCAA, Doolin will surely be taking the floor for the Runnin' Rebels in the 2014-2015 season.

"We are very happy for Cody. He has a tremendous amount of experience as a point guard and he has become a leader in our program." - UNLV Coach Dave Rice

The two-time All-West Coast Conference honorable mention selection, Doolin was named twice to the league's all-academic team and earned Capital One Academic All-District VIII honors as a junior (2012-13). At USF, he started all 103 games he appeared in and scored over 1,000 points. He also did exactly what you expect from a point guard, accumulating 451 assists (4.4 APG).

In his high school days, Doolin led Westlake High to a district title and was ultimately named Central Texas' Player of the Year. He was also twice named the district's MVP and graduated as the school's all-time scoring and assist leader.

A lack of consistency at the point guard position is something that has stood out at UNLV in recent years. Even with the level of talent UNLV has brought in through recruiting under Dave Rice, the Runnin' Rebels have often failed to reach their full potential with early first round NCAA tournament exits along with a disappointing 2013-2014 campaign which saw them fail to even make the tournament.

While the impact of UNLV's big name recruiting class is certainly the focus going into the upcoming season, if Doolin performs well and provides some stability at the point guard position, he might just be the key to UNLV's success this season.