Kevin Kruger landed a transfer with local connections, as Isaiah Cottrell committed to UNLV on Friday.
After graduating from Bishop Gorman in Vegas, Cottrell spent the last two seasons at West Virginia.
As a freshman, he played in just 10 games. But last season he started 28 of 33 games, averaging 4.2 points in 16.1 minutes.
At 6-foot-10 Cottrell brings size to Vegas. Kruger has focused on guards in the transfer portal, leaving the front court depth light.
With Cottrell, UNLV has three front court options, as Victor Iwuakor and David Muoka return from last year’s team. But none of those three appear to be offensive threats. Both Muoka and Iwuakor averaged less than 3 points per game last season.
Cottrell doesn’t have a large sample size for his scoring ability. But he shot below average from the mid range (27.4%) and from three (31.9%). Those percentages could increase with a larger sample size, but Cottrell is not likely to be a primary offensive option.
Evan Miya ranks Cottrell as the 284th best transfer in the portal this season. Plus Cottrell is projected to have a better defensive rating than offensive rating.