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Marvin Menzies has quickly built one of the Mountain West’s all-time recruiting classes

Marvin Menzies has quickly rejuvenated the UNLV hoops program.

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Is it time to say that UNLV is back?

With three nationally sought-after commits in one week, Marvin Menzies has his eye on completely restructuring a middling Runnin’ Rebels program.

The week began with Brandon McCoy, a consensus five-star recruit currently ranked 13th on 247Sports’ recruiting list. The 6-11, 240-pounder is the fourth-highest rated UNLV recruit in 247Sports’ database behind NBA draft picks Anthony Bennett, Rashad Vaughn and Stephen Zimmerman. He announced his intention to head to Vegas in a tweet Tuesday night, electrifying the Rebel faithful.

But it didn’t stop there.

Wednesday was another home run for Menzies, adding Shakur Juiston (JUCO 4* power forward from Kansas) and Amauri Hardy (3* guard, 5th-highest Michigan recruit). Our very own Andy Roberts highlighted the additions in an article Thursday morning, calling the past 48 hours a “major infusion of talent.”

So just how good is this recruiting shaping up for the Rebels? Here are the top 19 recruiting classes according to 247Sports, dating back to the 2004 season.

Some notes on UNLV’s recruiting class:

  • UNLV’s 2017 class is good for third in MWC history, just falling short of the national top 10. Rashad Vaughn, Dwayne Morgan, Patrick McCaw, Goodluck Okonoboh and Jordan Cornish made up the 2014 class, with one 5*, two 4* and two 3*.
  • The Rebels now own the top four classes in the Mountain West, as well as six of the top eight.
  • UNLV’s 2017 class make up four of the top five highest-rated recruits in Marvin Menzies’ coaching career:
  • The 2017 UNLV class ranks higher than North Carolina, Villanova, Kansas, Indiana and Michigan State.
  • This is the sixth time a Mountain West team has had a top 20 recruiting class.
  • UNLV must clear one scholarship, as it currently has 14 for the 2017-18 season.

What are your thoughts on UNLV’s recruiting class? Leave a comment below or send a tweet to @boettger_eli and @MWCConnection.