Through his first nine games in a UNLV uniform, senior point guard Cody Doolin has proven to be a nice addition for head coach Dave Rice. On the season Doolin’s averaging 8.1 points per game, and he also has a team-best 47 assists with just nine turnovers. And Wednesday night in the Runnin’ Rebels’ 75-73 overtime win over Portland, Doolin showed just how valuable he is with two critical plays in crunch time.
The first play came in the final seconds of regulation as Doolin made his way to the basket and found a wide-open freshman Dwayne Morgan, who made the game-tying layup as time expired.
Doolin’s second big play came with four tenths of a second remaining in overtime, as this time he completed a drive to the basket on his own.
Doolin finished the game with 15 points, three assists and no turnovers, with freshman Rashad Vaughn leading the way for UNLV with a game-high 25 points to go along with seven rebounds. This is an important win for UNLV, as they complete their week with a game against No. 14 Utah Saturday night at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas.
1. Kyle Wiltjer (via Kentucky) and Byron Wesley (via USC), Gonzaga: Mark Few’s team still has questions to answer, mainly on the defensive end, but there’s no doubting that he’s added several transfers that make the Zags a top-10 caliber team. Wiltjer, the 2013 SEC Sixth Man of the Year, has had over a year to reshape his body. By the looks of last week’s viral video, his 3-point shot is still intact. Wesley, a graduate transfer who averaged 17.8 points, 6.4 rebounds per game in 2013-2014, gives the Bulldogs another weapon on the perimeter.
2. Bryce Dejean-Jones, Iowa State (via UNLV): The Mayor’s success with transfers in Ames is well-documented. Next in line could be fifth-year senior Bryce Dejean-Jones. Iowa State graduated a lot of its scoring pop, and Dejean-Jones can help in that department, although he doesn’t need to be the top scorer like he was last season at UNLV. Hoiberg will look for the 6-foot-6 newcomer to be a wing who creates his shot, not one who will force it, as Dejean-Jones shot selection has been a problem in the past.
3. Rodney Purvis, UConn (via N.C. State): The reigning national champions add a former McDonald’s All-American to its back court alongside Ryan Boatright. At 6-foot-4, Purvis will give the Huskies size on the perimeter; someone who is not only capable of getting to the rim, but also a reliable 3-point shooting, knocking down 38.5 percent of his threes at N.C. State.
4. Anthony Lee, Ohio State (via Temple): The graduate transfer was highly-sought after, but picked the Buckeyes, adding size, scoring and rebounding to their frontline. At Temple, he recorded 11 double-doubles en route to 13.6 points and and American Athletic Conference leading 8.6 boards per game.
5. Kedren Johnson, Memphis (via Vanderbilt): Memphis went from a back court of four seniors in 2013-2014 to a set of guards with zero Division I experience. That was until Johnson, the Vandy transfer, got a waiver to play immediately. In 2012-2013, the 6-foot-4 Johnson averaged 13.5 points, 3.5 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game. His experience on-the-ball should help the younger guards get adjust to the level of play.
6. Angel Rodriguez, Miami (via Kansas State): The Hurricanes new point guard took a year off to recover from a wrist injury and now is the key piece to a revamped perimeter for Miami, which includes fellow transfer Sheldon McClellan, four-star freshman JaQuan Newton and returners Deandre Burnett and Davon Reed. The former K-State floor general was second-team all-Big 12 in 2012-2013, averaging 11.4 points and 5.2 assists per game.
7. Trevor Lacey, N.C. State (via Alabama): T.J. Warren took his ACC Player of the Year honors and his 24.9 points per game to the NBA, leaving plenty of shots available for the the newcomer. The 6-foot-3 Lacey averaged 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game as a sophomore.
8. Katin Reinhardt, USC (via UNLV): After taking the second-most shots on UNLV as a freshman in 2012-2013, Reinhardt headed back to the state of California in hopes of being more than just a shooter. Despite his desires to have the ball in his hands, his biggest asset to Andy Enfield is his ability to hit from the outside. The Trojans were a Pac-12 worst 29 percent from beyond the arc last season.
9. Justin Martin, SMU (via Xavier): The 6-foot-6 wing is eligible immediately after graduating from Xavier. He posted 11.7 points and 5.2 rebounds per game, knocking down 50 3-pointers. He has also played in two NCAA tournaments, a place the Mustangs are looking to get back to for the first time since 1993.
10. Matt Carlino, Marquette (viaBYU): Steve Wojciechowski adds the former BYU guard to a back court that includes senior Derrick Wilson, potential breakout star Deonte Burton and redshirt freshman Duane Wilson. Carlino will see time on and off the ball, and will provide Marquette with a knockdown shooter.
13 MORE IMPACT TRANSFERS
Angelo Chol, San Diego State (via Arizona): Steve Fisher has had success with transfers in the past, and this season it could be Chol, the former Arizona Wildcat, who could never crack the loaded frontline.
*Cody Doolin, UNLV (via San Francisco): Dave Rice added a steady point guard (averaged 5.6 assists per game in 2012-2013) to a team that lost its starting five. Has been granted a fifth year of eligibility, but still waiting on a waiver to be allowed to play this season, although he is expected to receive it.
Justin Edwards, Kansas State (via Maine): Top scorer in the American East at 16.7 points per game in 2012-2013 could end up being a double-digit scorer for the Wildcats.
Byrn Forbes, Michigan State (via Cleveland State): Forbes will help combat the lose of Keith Appling and Gary Harris, averaging 15.6 points per game (42 percent from three) last season in the Horizon League.
Anthony Hickey, Oklahoma State (via LSU): Hickey hopes the change of scenery can help return to sophomore averages of 11.2 points, 3.4 assists and 2.9 steals per game.
Jabarie Hinds, UMass (via West Virginia): With Chaz Williams graduating, the West Virginia transfer will be inserted into a back court with returning starter Derrick Gordon and key reserve Trey Davis in what could end up being a three-guard set for the Minutemen.
Keith Hornsby, LSU (via UNC Asheville): Matched up with JuCo transfer Josh Gray in the back court, Hornsby gives the Tigers size at 6-foot-4 and a 3-point threat.
Stanton Kidd (via North Carolina Central) and Antawn Scott (via Grambling) Colorado State : Outside of San Diego State, the rest of the Mountain West is wide-open. The addition of Kidd and Scott can help the Rams separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
Jermaine Lawrence, Manhattan (via Cincinnati): The former five-star recruit is a big addition to a Manhattan team looking to return to the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season.
Antoine Mason, Auburn (via Niagara): Only national player of the year Doug McDermott scored more points than Mason (25.6 ppg) last season, as the former Niagara standout joins fellow transfers K.C. Ross-Miller and Cinmeon Bowers this season for the Tigers.
Ahmad Starks, Illinois (via Oregon State): Senior guard Tracy Abrams tearing his ACL made the addition of Starks and Seton Hall shooter Aaron Cosby all the more important. Starks will be asked to run the offense this season in his first and only year with the Illini.
*TaShawn Thomas, Oklahoma (via Houston): The 6-foot-8 forward is still waiting on a waiver to play this season. Would make the Sooners a real threat in the Big 12.
Torn ACL to sideline UNLV guard for entire 2014-15 season
UNLV was dealt a blow to its backcourt depth Wednesday afternoon, as it was announced by the school that junior guard Daquan Cook will miss the entire 2014-15 season after tearing the ACL in his right knee. Cook was expected to serve as a reserve on this year’s team, and not having him in the fold means that head coach Dave Rice will have one less possible option to call upon at the point guard position.
“We feel terrible for Daquan,” Rice said in a statement according to Taylor Bern of the Las Vegas Sun. “He is an important part of our program and will have our full support as he goes through this challenge.”
As a sophomore Cook played an average of 8.5 minutes per contest, accounting for 1.8 points per game. The plan for Cook is to redshirt in 2014-15, with the Baltimore native having two seasons of eligibility starting with the 2015-16 campaign. The issue for UNLV is that their two most experienced transfers, Cody Doolin and Jerome Seagears, are still waiting for the NCAA to approve their respective requests for waivers that would make them eligible to play immediately.
Doolin’s request for a waiver that would effectively give back his senior season was granted in mid-August, with the former San Francisco point guard playing four games before leaving the program in 2013-14. But his playing in four games meant that Doolin and UNLV had to file two separate waiver requests, and the answer they receive on the second will have a significant impact on the Runnin’ Rebels fortunes in 2014-15.
Seagears’ request comes as a result of his leaving Rutgers at the end of the 2013-14 season, with the argument being that the player abuse scandal that led to Mike Rice being fired had an impact on his decision to transfer.
UNLV sent out a release on Tuesday morning announcing that Cody Doolin has been given a fifth-year of eligibility by the NCAA.
“We are very happy for Cody,” UNLV head coach Dave Rice said in the release. “He has a tremendous amount of experience as a point guard and he has become a leader in our program.”
Doolin played three full seasons for San Francisco in the WCC but left after just four games during his senior campaign. He averaged 13.0 points and 7.0 assists in those four games while posting 12.2 points and 5.6 assists as a junior in 2012-2013.
Doolin, a 6-foot-2 point guard, would be the perfect piece for a UNLV team that needs a point guard on the floor, but he is not yet cleared to play this season. He still needs to receive another waiver from the NCAA that would allow him to play this season and waive the required one year residency.
The Runnin’ Rebels have talent on their roster. They have three elite recruits joining the program — scoring guard Rashad Vaughn, small forward Dwayne Morgan and big man Goodluck Okonoboh — with a handful of quality pieces returning — Christian Wood, Jelan Kendrick, Kendall Smith, DaQuan Cook. Doolin, if eligible would be the distributor they lacked last season.
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.
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.
If there’s one thing that the West Coast Conference can boast about it’s good guard play, with a number of teams being led by outstanding perimeter players. One of those programs was San Francisco, with senior point guard Cody Doolin being one of the league’s most experienced players.
On the heels of a season in which he averaged 12.2 points and 5.6 assists per game as a junior, Doolin was expected to team up with senior power forward Cole Dickerson and help the Dons improve on last season’s 15-16 record (7-9 WCC). But that won’t be the case, as Doolin and the school announced on Tuesday that he is no longer a member of the basketball program.
Cody Doolin’s departure from the Dons’ program came after taking the brunt of an altercation with a teammate at practice Nov. 19, USF athletic director Scott Sidwell confirmed Wednesday.
“Tempers flared, it went too far and unfortunately, there was an altercation that ensued,” Sidwell said in a phone interview. “And at the end of the day, we want to make sure that our student athletes know and our coaches know that that’s not acceptable.
“We’re going to take corrective measures to make sure that this never happens again.”
Doolin (he’ll remain in school to complete his degree in finance), who was averaging 13.0 points and 7.0 assists in the four games prior to his departure, has been replaced in the starting lineup by sophomore guard Tim Derksen. Derksen, who was one of the WCC’s best freshmen last season, is averaging 8.1 points and 2.6 rebounds per game with Penn State transfer Matt Glover taking over the role of primary ball-handler. Glover’s averaging a team-best 3.3 assists per game with an assist-to-turnover ratio of 2.3.