UNLV sits at 8-11 in T.J. Otzelberger’s second season, which sets up an important year three. UNLV will need to at least make a run at the NCAA Tournament next season.
Otzelberger will likely be active in the transfer market. And that starts with AJ Bramah, a forward from Robert Morris.
Before entering the transfer portal, Bramah averaged 21 points and 10.3 rebounds in 12 games for Robert Morris. Last season he put up 13.4 points and 8.2 rebounds.
Otzelberger got an up close look at Bramah last season, when UNLV beat Robert Morris 81-69. Bramah scored 14 points on 4 of 8 shooting.
At 6-foot-7, Bramah brings good size and could potentially play in the front court or on the perimeter. However he has only attempted three shots from three-point range in his career.
But he would bring a much needed skill to the roster: an ability to get to the free throw line. Bramah attempted 77 free throws this season in 12 games. Through 19 games, Mbacke Diong and Bryce Hamilton (16 games played) are tied for the team lead with 44 attempts.
The primary concern with Bramah would be the step up in competition. He has put up two solid seasons on Robert Morris teams that rank outside the top 200 in Ken Pom. And he has done it in the Horizon League, which has ranked as the 22nd and 19th best conference in college basketball the last two seasons. The Mountain West is the 10th best conference, according to Ken Pom.
Expect to see UNLV attached to more transfers throughout the end of the season and start of the offseason.