After losing Arthur Kaluma last week, UNLV has just one freshman on the roster for next season. A significant change from last season when UNLV boasted a roster full of seven freshmen.
Losing Kaluma not only took away youth from UNLV, it also eliminated a top 100 recruit. But now Kevin Kruger is trying to find a replacement.
Shane Dezonie decommitted from Arizona yesterday and UNLV has reached out, according to Adam Zagoria.
Dezonie is a four star shooting guard and ranked 91st in the 2021 class by 247 Sports. With Arizona firing Sean Miller earlier this offseason, Dezonie is looking for a new home.
The Rebels are not the only team to reach out, as Dezonie has plenty of high level suitors in Auburn, Georgia, Creighton, Oklahoma State and others.
UNLV’s interest in the 6-foot-4 shooting guard is a sign Kevin Kruger may never be satisfied with his roster. Right now, UNLV only has three wings in Nick Blake, Justin Webster and Donovan Williams. All three figure to play significant playing time.
If the Rebels added Dezonie, then one of those wings would likely miss out on significant playing time (or Dezonie would sit on the bench as a top 100 freshman).
UNLV could play with four guards (and they might even if they don’t land Dezonie) but that would simply push one of the front court transfers (Royce Hamm, Victor Iwuakor and David Muoka) out of the rotation.
There simply are not enough minutes for everyone. But Kruger should never stop trying to recruit over his current roster. That will be a key to creating and keeping a competitive team.
But how Kruger handles the minutes for a roster full of players expecting to see big minutes will be fascinating.