One of the major remaining dominoes in the Class of 2015 fell late Thursday night, as five-star 7-footer Stephen Zimmerman announced via Twitter that he’ll attend UNLV next season.
Zimmerman attended Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas, where he played alongside another highly regarded big man in Duke signee Chase Jeter. This spring Zimmerman played in both the McDonald’s All-American Game and the Nike Hoop Summit, and he’ll play in the Jordan Brand Classic Friday night in Brooklyn.
UNLV gets a versatile big man who can score in the post as well as step out onto the perimeter and knock down shots, and he’s a big recruiting get for head coach Dave Rice. With Rashad Vaughn having moved on to the professional ranks and sophomore forward Christian Wood yet to decide his plans for next season, this is an important personnel boost for the Runnin’ Rebels.
Zimmerman joins a front court that should be solid even if Wood decides to turn pro, with Goodluck Okonoboh and Dwayne Morgan being sophomores and high-flying Derrick Jones also on board as part of the 2015 recruiting class. UNLV also adds Oregon transfer Ben Carter to its front court, and like Zimmerman Carter played his high school ball at Bishop Gorman.
Zimmerman was also considering Arizona, Kansas, Kentucky and UCLA before deciding to remain home and play for the Runnin’ Rebels.