Late Sunday, after finding out that they would not be participating in a postseason tournament, UNLV began the process of moving forward with an eye towards the 2014-15 season. The first order of business for head coach Dave Rice was to make a personnel decision many expected to occur, announcing that junior guard Bryce Dejean-Jones will not return to the program according to the Las Vegas Sun.
Dejean-Jones led UNLV in scoring with an average of 13.6 points per game, but there were some issues with regards to shot selection. The USC transfer would also be suspended for UNLV’s regular season finale at Nevada due to his actions in the immediate aftermath of the Runnin’ Rebels’ home loss to No. 8 San Diego State. Those issues led to the decision being made that Dejean-Jones has played his last game in a UNLV uniform.
“I met with Bryce and his family earlier today. It was decided that he will not be on our team next year,” Rice said. “He is on schedule to graduate this summer so he will remain on scholarship and we will support him academically. During this process he will explore his professional opportunities.”
Dejean-Jones wouldn’t have to go pro, provided he complete his bachelor’s degree as Rice’s plan for the guard seems to be. He could also go the graduate transfer route, becoming eligible immediately at a school of his choice.
Dejean-Jones was one of four UNLV players averaging double figures this season, and two of the other three (forwards Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith) have eligibility remaining. UNLV will add a recruiting class that’s regarded as one of the best in the country, led by center Goodluck Okonoboh and guards Dwayne Morgan and Rashad Vaughn.
And with the arrival of San Francisco transfer point guard Cody Doolin, UNLV will have the distributor the team lacked in 2013-14. Doolin’s presence will help UNLV offensively as they look for primary perimeter scoring options with Dejean-Jones and Kevin Olekaibe having moved on.