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UNLV basketball: Goodluck Okonoboh seeks transfer

UNLV could be losing a key player as Goodluck Okonoboh is reportedly looking to leave Las Vegas.

Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

UNLV sophomore center Goodluck Okonoboh apparently is not happy with his role with the Rebels offense and is seeking a transfer, according to Taylor Ben of the Las Vegas Sun. Bern points out Okonoboh has seen a decrease of minutes from last year to this year where he has played 19 total minutes against Indiana and UCLA at Maui, but last year he averaged 26.7 minutes per game.

This year he is playing 15.1 minutes per game compared to last year where he had two games under 20 minutes per game.

In addition to the decrease in minutes, another reason that Okonoboh wants out is that UNLV brought in highly touted freshman Stephen Zimmerman.

It is too early to tell where Okonoboh will end up but he went to high school on the East Coast and his offers out of high school included Florida, Ohio State, Indiana and Duke.

This is a big loss for the Rebels as his specialty was protecting the rim and averaged 2.6 blocks per game last year and in less minutes was still getting the job done with over one block per game.

This is UNLV's 11th transfer in Dave Rice's five year as the Rebels head coach.