Could UNLV bring back a former Marvin Menzies recruit?

When Marvin Menzies was fired following the 2018-19 season, his recruiting class disappeared. That included Ethan Anderson. 

Anderson was a three star recruit out of California that ended up at USC instead of UNLV. He was an instant contributor, starting 27 games as a freshman, while averaging 5.5 points and 4.2 assists. But his role never grew at USC. 

In all three years as a Trojan he averaged between 21 and 25 minutes per game and took between 4.7 and 5.3 shots. Now he is in the transfer portal. 

According to Jon Rothstein, UNLV has reached out to Anderson. But this time it is a different coaching staff. 

Kevin Kruger will have a few roster spots to fill this offseason, with the expected departure of Bryce Hamilton plus the end of Mike Nuga and Royce Hamm’s collegiate careers. (Plus any outgoing transfers.)

Anderson would fit in as another option at point guard with Jordan McCabe and Keshon Gilbert or as an off ball guard providing depth at the wing. He has shot it well from three in his career (35.8%) despite having a dip last season down to 32.1 percent. 

He did not prove to be a great finisher in the paint and took a large chunk of his shots from the mid range, as 48 percent of his two pointers were not at the rim. 

UNLV is reportedly contending with TCU, Texas Tech, Temple, Boise State and Wyoming for Anderson.

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