In what has been an inconsistent season for UNLV, there’s been one particularly glaring weakness: a lack of consistency at the point guard position. Junior Deville Smith, sophomore Daquan Cook and freshman Kendall Smith have all played the position, but none have provided the consistent play Dave Rice needs at the position. And with the amount of talent expected to be at Rice’s disposal next season, this is an area that needs to be addressed.
UNLV may have done that, with it being reported by Rebel-Net.com that former San Francisco PG Cody Doolin has committed to join the program for the 2014-15 season.
Doolin left San Francisco just four games into his senior season, with San Francisco AD Scott Sidwell eventually revealing that an altercation in practice led to the point guard’s decision to leave the program. Prior to his departure Doolin was averaging 13.0 points and 7.0 assists per game, and in his three-plus seasons at San Francisco Doolin started all 103 games in which he played.
Doolin left San Francisco ranked second on the school’s all-time assists list and third in steals, and in each of this three full seasons Doolin ranked in the top ten in the WCC in assist-to-turnover ratio. As a team UNLV ranks fifth in the Mountain West in turnover percentage and sixth in assist-to-turnover ratio, but more important than those numbers is the need for a player who can bring together their talented parts.
In addition to the returnees, with Carlos Lopez-Sosa and Kevin Olekaibe being the lone seniors, UNLV adds one of the nation’s best recruiting classes with Rashad Vaughn, Goodluck Okonoboh and Dwayne Morgan all being highly regarded players. If Doolin can be the facilitator he was at San Francisco, the Runnin’ Rebels will have the opportunity to make good on their potential.
The question that remains to be answered is when Doolin would be eligible to play, based upon the fact that he played in four games this season. According to Rebel-Net.com’s report he and UNLV will request an immediate eligibility waiver, with the hope being that he’ll be eligible to play immediately.