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Looking At The #14 Recruiting Class: UNLV Runnin' Rebels
by Zachary Lyon, Future150 (2:49 PM CT, Mon December 21, 2015)
Future150 Alum Jaylen Fisher highlights UNLV's 2016 class
Future150 Alum Jaylen Fisher highlights UNLV's 2016 class
Zachary Lyon
Zachary Lyon:

Future150 Regional Analyst. Covering high and middle school basketball: NC, SC & VA

Las Vegas, NV (Future150) -- Coach Dave Rice and staff at UNLV have a stellar 2016 class heading to Las Vegas that should help from day one, headlined by Future150 Alum Jaylen Fisher. Future150 will take a look at all four prospects coming in, and what they'll be bringing to the table. 

Justin Jackson, #30 in top-150, The Hill Academy (CAN): Versatility and raw strength is the name of the game for Jackson. He is listed as a SF by most outlets, but his size and strength along with his smooth post game will allow him to play both spots for Coach Rice. He will be one of the more exciting freshman to watch next season and could be one of the Rebel's most important players. Jackson should have an immediate impact, and could be a one-and-done candidate depending on how much he develops through out the season. 

Jaylen Fisher, #38 in top-150, Bolton (TN): Fisher is a Future150 alum who is easily one of the best perimeter defenders in the class. He possesses great court vision and electric speed. Once his scoring and offensive abilities get to the elite level and consistency that his defense is at, he could turn out to be one of the nation's best lead guards. Fisher should have plenty of minutes open for him to play as the Rebels are losing Ike Nwamu, and Jerome Seagears. This also means Fisher may have more pressure on him heading into the season as UNLV will be looking for him to make up for lost production. 

Christian Vital, #101 in top-150, Vermont Academy (VT): Vital has developed into more of a combo-guard over the past year or so. He is an extremely talented scorer, and can do it from all three levels. His natural scoring abilities paired with Jaylen Fisher's tough defense and great court vision, could turn out to be a scary good backcourt in a few years. His abilities of being able to play both guard spots with ease will come in handy down the stretch for Coach Rice. 

Carlos Johnson, 3-star prospect, Shadow Mountain, (AZ): Easily the least talked about prospect in this class, and probably of all the top recruiting classes. Johnson is a strong bodied SF, that uses his strength to post up smaller defenders. Johnson will have to continue to develop his deep ball if he wants to be a complete player at the next level. He won't be able to post many of his defenders up at 6'5 when playing at the D1 level, so he will need to rely on his jumper a lot more often. Johnson still has a chance to be a great player depending on how quick he can adapt to the next level. 

UNLV is still in hard pursuit of 2016 CG Kobi Simmons of St. Francis (GA), as they are trying to load the backcourt up for the future. Many consider UNLV to be one of the leaders in his recruitment along with Kentucky, and Ohio State. There is no word on when Simmons will make his comittment, but if he were to chose the Rebels it may vault them into the top ten. 

Overall (with ot without Simmons) this should be one of the more exciting classes to watch over the years as most of them will probably stay in school for at least two seasons. Coach Rice has done a great job once again, and looks like he will continue to produce NBA talent very quietly. 


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