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UNLV basketball recruiting: Rebels pick up 2016 commit Carlos Johnson

Coach Dave Rice has had success with Findlay Prep, and now gathers more talent for the 2016 season.

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Three-star swingman Carlos Johnson has committed to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels for the 2016 season.

Johnson, 6-4 and 220 pounds, recently transferred from El Cerrito High School to Findlay Prep in Las Vegas, and now follows a long line of UNLV players who made the transition from Findlay Prep to Dave Rice's squad.

Johnson is a superior athlete. He owns an arsenal of moves driving through the lane as well as finishing around the basket. He's a hard-nosed player that has no problem doing the dirty work; playing tough defense and grabbing rebounds from his wing position. The relentless motor that Johnson possesses is something that coaches want out of all of their players.

As a junior at El Cerrito, Johnson filled up the boxscores on a nightly basis. He averaged 15.9 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

It will be interesting to see where Johnson fits in the UNLV lineup. He doesn't have the length to play in the post at 6-4, although he has a thick body that can be a presence in the paint. His skillset isn't that of a prototype shooting guard, so he most likely will find playing time at the small forward spot, unless Rice has other plans.

The future is looking bright for Dave Rice and UNLV. Rice is on a recruiting hot streak, landing five-star center Stephen Zimmerman, as well as four-star wings Derrick Jones Jr. and Jalen Poyser for the 2015 season.

The 2016 class has now made a name for itself.

Justin Jackson, a four-star wing committed to UNLV in July, and three-star point guard Christian Vital announced he was headed to Vegas earlier this week.

The Runnin' Rebels currently have no open scholarships for the 2016 season, but this may change if Stephen Zimmerman decides to go pro after his freshman year.

The pieces are in place for talented UNLV teams to come.