Since taking the new coaching position over a month ago, UNLV's Marvin Menzies has been working fast and furious to broaden the depth of the trimmed down roster that he inherited during a chaotic post season in Vegas. For all intensive purposes, and considering the dire situation, the Rebel roster has certainly filled out with needed difference makers added every few weeks.
Yesterday, UNLV also added Jovan Mooring. Mooring signed a financial aid agreement with the Rebels. He is a 6 foot 2 guard from Illinois. Mooring will enter UNLV in his junior season and comes from South Suburban College located near Chicago.
Mooring comes in with a high basketball IQ and the proclivity to score. This is exactly what UNLV needs since the majority of their offense departed over the last 2 months (for various reasons). Particularly with the absence of Patrick McCaw, the Rebels will be desperate to possess a scoring guard who can fill in the stat sheet in the same ways that McCaw could.
Mooring comes into UNLV having averaged over 26 points per game, 6 rebounds, over 3 assists, and 3 steals. Sound familiar? Only McCaw could accomplish these kinds of stat-stuffers last year for the Rebels. With these sorts of stats, Mooring was named NJCAA DII Men's Basketball Player of the Year.
Of course, Mooring will be mixing it up among a different level of players. His skills may be tested at new heights, but his aptitude is undoubtedly present. Can his NJCAA DII game transfer to be able to compete at the level UNLV demands each season? UNLV must tackle an incredibly challenging schedule this season and Mooring's immediate impact will be paramount.
Mooring now joins the following recent signees to the UNLV basketball program:
Mooring joins the following student-athletes as incoming Runnin’ Rebels that have signed with UNLV:
- Kris Clyburn, a 6-foot-6-inch guard from Ranger (Texas) College
- Ben Coupet, a 6-foot-7-inch forward from Chicago (Simeon Career Academy)
- Cheikna Dembele, a 6-foot-11-inch center from Mali Africa (Scotland Performance Institute in Pa.)
- Jordan Johnson, a 5-foot-9-inch guard from Waukegan, Ill. (transfer from Milwaukee - will have to sit out 2016-17 season)
- Zion Morgan, a 6-foot-4-inch guard from Chicago (Kenwood Academy)
- Uche Ofoegbu, a 6-foot-4-inch guard from San Antonio, Texas (graduate transfer from San Francisco – eligible immediately)
- Djordjije Slijivancanin, a 6-foot-10-inch forward from Belgrade, Serbia (IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.)