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UNLV freshman guard Katin Reinhardt elects to transfer

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6-5 freshman guard Katin Reinhardt arrived at UNLV last summer with an ample amount of fanfare and rightfully so, as the Mater Dei HS product established himself as one of the best scorers on the west coast at the high school level.

In 35 games this past season Reinhardt averaged 10.1 points, 2.5 assists and 2.0 rebounds per game, but his percentages from both the field (35.8%) and from three-point range (35.1%) left something to be desired on a team that lost to California in its NCAA tournament opener.

In theory the offseason leading up to the 2013-14 season would give Reinhardt the opportunity to further hone his skills and ultimately become a more efficient player for head coach Dave Rice.

Those improvements can still be made, but according to the West Coast Hoops Report that will happen at another school. Reinhardt has decided to transfer, with Coach Rice confirming the news late Sunday evening.

According to a source, the opportunity (or lack thereof) to be the primary ball-handler played a role in Reinhardt’s decision. But even with this news and the graduation of Anthony Marshall, UNLV won’t lack for options on the perimeter.

At the point Coach Rice brings in two recruits (junior college transfer Deville Smith and freshman Kendall Smith; no relation) to go along with rising sophomore Daquan Cook and freshman Dantley Walker, who returns from his LDS mission.

And at shooting guard UNLV returns Bryce Dejean-Jones (10.3 ppg, 4.4 rpg) and adds the talented Jelan Kendrick. Kendrick’s had issues throughout his collegiate career, but there’s no denying the fact that he’s incredibly talented.

Where would Reinhardt fit into that equation were he to remain in Las Vegas? He’d definitely be in the rotation, but the expectation of playing the point may not be met given the number of options at Rice’s disposal.

UNLV will have some adjustments to make leading into next season but they’ll be OK, and Reinhardt will become the latest Mater Dei product to play for multiple colleges.

Raphielle can be followed on Twitter at @raphiellej.

Wichita State’s Anton Grady ‘awake, alert’ after getting stretchered off court

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Wichita State big man Anton Grady was stretchered off of the floor in the second half of a loss to Alabama after a nasty collision with Dazon Ingram.

The video can be seen above. There was nothing malicious about the way that Grady was injured. When he turned to run up the floor after missing a shot in the lane, he went face first into Ingram’s shoulder. He neck bent in an awkward directions and, after stumbling a few steps, he laid motionless on the floor.

It took 10 minutes for the training staff to strap Grady to a backboard and wheel him out of the arena.

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A Wichita State spokesman told that Grady was taken to a local trauma center for evaluation and that he is “awake, alert and is answering questions appropriately”.

We will have more updates as they come available.

From a basketball perspective, the No. 20 Shockers lost their second game in a row and are now 2-3 on the season.

While for some the Shockers’ résumé is up for questioning following losses to USC and Alabama, two teams projected to finish in the bottom half of their respective leagues, the team’s health is the biggest concern.

Fred VanVleet has been dealing with a hamstring issue since the season began, and an ankle injury limited him in a loss at Tulsa earlier this month. He won’t play again until at least Dec. 5th. and who knows when he’ll be back to full strength. The same can be said for back up point guard and freshman Landry Shamet, who underwent surgery to address a stress fracture in the fifth metatarsal in his left foot. Their injuries have led to even more being asked of senior guard Ron Baker, and the loss of Grady for any significant amount of time certainly isn’t going to help matters..

These early-season losses won’t help Wichita State when it comes to the NCAA tournament, but it’s important to make note of the circumstances surrounding those defeats. To be shorthanded, with one of the absent players ranking among the nation’s best point guards, has an impact that has to be accounted for when evaluating Wichita State. The Shockers will add Conner Frankamp in mid-December, which will help them on the perimeter.

But with their rotation currently being in flux, it’s tough to make any definitive statements on what Wichita State will have to do in order to make another trip to the NCAA tournament. At this point Gregg Marshall and his staff will look for other contributors, one of whom being Markis McDuffie (14 points, seven rebounds vs. Alabama), to emerge and show themselves capable of picking up the slack.

Iowa State, Miami part of 2016 AdvoCare Invitational field

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Friday afternoon the field for the 2016 AdvoCare Invitational in Orlando was announced, with Puerto Rico Tip-Off champion Miami being one of the eight teams involved.

Joining Jim Larrañaga’s Hurricanes in Orlando will be Florida, Gonzaga, Indiana State, Iowa State, Quinnipiac, Seton Hall and Stanford. Gonzaga has won the event in each of its prior two appearances, doing so in 2008 and 2012.

Each of the other seven teams will be making their first appearance at the AdvoCare Invitational.