It was starting to look a little dire for UNLV on the recruiting trail these last couple of weeks. First Pop Isaacs chose to head off to Texas Tech and the B12. Then the Runnin’ Rebels top priority target Terrance Arceneaux opted to go to Houston, spurning Las Vegas for a chance to play for Kelvin Sampson and the resurgent Cougars, who are fresh off a Final Four appearance and will be included in the new look B12 in this latest round of expansion.
Say what you will about UNLV’s achievements on the actual hardwood lately, Rebel fans are used to big-time recruits saying yes in the offseason. So, things got a little tense when people started to wonder if UNLV would have to maybe subsist solely off the transfer portal for a couple seasons while new head coach Kevin Kruger tries to return the program to prominence.
The worrying was premature, it looks like. Today, 4-Star forward KyeRon Lindsay pledged his commitment to UNLV, bringing in a blue-chip prospect to man their power forward position in the 2022 class.
What can UNLV fans expect from Lindsay? Whenever I watch footage of him, I see John Collins from the Atlanta Hawks. Collins has turned into more of a stretch 4 man now that he has been in the league a few years, but when he was at Wake Forest (And his first couple of seasons in ATL) he was a dead ringer for Lindsay. KyeRon is highly skilled, possessing a nice jump shot, as well as some crafty post moves. Where he really excels however is in transition. Lindsay was built for fastbreak basketball. He lopes more than runs, and he feasts off buckets where he outruns the defense down the floor with regularity.
What’s next for UNLV in the 2022 class? Hopefully Milos Uzan. When you land a big man who runs like Lindsay does, you want a floor general who can get him going on the fastbreak. If the Rebels can beat out Utah for Uzan, they have the foundational pieces in this 2022 class to start making some major noise nationally. But even without Uzan, Lindsay will be doing his part to get the Rebels back into contention.
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