Kevin Kruger has landed one player in the transfer portal in Jordan McCabe. But the roster still needs help.
UNLV has reached out to two more transfers, Creighton’s Christian Bishop and Texas’ Donovan Williams.
Bishop played center for Creighton this past season despite standing just 6-foot-7. He does not bring a three-point shooting presence, as he attempted just eight three pointers in his three year career.
But Bishop lived in the paint for Creighton. Over 79 percent of his shots were layups or dunks last season. And he converted 76.8 percent of his shots at the rim. As a team, UNLV got just 29 percent of its shots at the rim.
He would give UNLV a legitimate offensive presence inside. Bishop averaged 11 points per game as Creighton’s starting center.
Kevin Kruger appears interested in adding a center. Bishop is the second big man UNLV has reached out to. The Rebels offered Cam Martin, a Division II center that committed to Kansas.
That could mean Mbacke Diong is not returning for an extra year at UNLV. Or that Kruger simply wants to try to upgrade at the position.
Aside from Bishop, UNLV has met (through zoom) with Texas transfer Donovan Williams, who played just 10.3 minutes per game last season.
The stats are not eye popping, Williams averaged 3.3 points per game in both of his seasons at Texas. He hit just 21.9 percent of his 64 three point attempts. But Williams was a four star, top 100 recruit back in 2019.
Williams could potentially slot in as a slasher on offense and one of the best defenders on the team. With Bryce Hamilton declaring for the NBA Draft and David Jenkins entering the transfer portal, the Rebels don’t have much depth on the wing. Right now it is Nick Blake and either Marvin Coleman or Jordan McCabe moving to an off-ball role.
Both Bishop and Williams will be tough to land, as UNLV is joined by multiple power conference teams in chasing after them.
But both would project to get significant playing time in Vegas.