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JUCO Kris Clyburn to UNLV Basketball

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Junior College transfer Kris Clyburn committed to UNLV this week. This is new coach, Marvin Menzies' first commit.

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The icing on the cake for the weird season that was UNLV basketball came earlier this week when it was confirmed that former UNLV coach, Dave Rice, would move to the "enemy" side (at least in the mind's of Runnin' Rebel fans).  Rice will be an assistant at Reno, and at UNLV, the Marvin Menzies era began.

Menzies is moving fast and trying to bring in some solid players to fill in a very thin roster of existing scholarship players.  Menzies now can claim that his first ever UNLV commit is Kris Clyburn.

Clyburn comes from Ranger College in Ranger, Texas.  At 6-6, Clyburn can be a combo guard who can fill up the statistics at the end of the game.  At Ranger, he averaged over 14 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 1 steal for the season.  More impressively, he was named the Defensive Player of the Year for the North Texas Junior College Athletic Association.

Clyburn, a quick and consistent guard, will be a needed addition to a depleted Rebel roster that will be missing Patrick McCaw in the back court.  And, Clyburn is certainly excited to be a part of a UNLV program looking to rebuild.

He recently tweeted:

Now, Menzies will have some time to look to the future and continue to fill out his roster.  Will Menzies use the philosophy of looking to several JUCO players or aim for recruiting talent right out of high school?  A combo of both?  After several successful years of recruitment under Rice, Menzies will be judged from many Rebel fans by who he brings into Sin City.