New assistant coach Brandon Chappell could be the key to UNLV landing a top 100 recruit

Kevin Kruger brought in two new assistant coaches after he was hired as UNLV’s head coach, including Brandon Chappell from Lamar University.

Chappell has already helped UNLV land one player, as David Muoka, the Southland Conference defensive player of the year, transferred to Vegas. 

Now, a top 100 player in the class of 2022 is considering UNLV because of Chappell.

Terrance Arceneaux has named his final four teams: Oklahoma, Texas A&M, Houston and UNLV.

Arceneaux is a four star and the 65th best player in the 2022 class, according to 247 Sports. The 6-foot-7 wing is from Beaumont, Texas. And the only reason he is considering coming to a school so far from home is Chappell’s roots.

“Brandon Chappell is close to me and my family,” Arceneaux told 247 Sports. “Being away from home with someone like him who is from Beaumont seems real good to me. Their program is on the rise. I like the way they are talking to me with their new head coach. I like the fit and they feel if I go there, that I can make an immediate impact.”

Chappell went to Ozen High School in Beaumont, where he was teammates with Kendrick Perkins. Roughly two decades later, Chappell’s hometown could help UNLV. 

247 Sports also reported that Arceneaux is expected to take an official visit to UNLV on September 10. 

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