UNLV adding former South Florida signee Baxter


Marvin Menzies is bringing in some last-minute reinforcements for his first season as coach at UNLV.

The Rebels picked up the commitment from four-star Class of 2016 forward Troy Baxter, Jr. on Thursday.

The 6-foot-7 Baxter was a consensus top-75 player coming out of Tallahassee, but originally signed with South Florida, which gave him his release from his National Letter of Intent just last week. He averaged 17 points, 7 rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game as a senior last year.

“I was really impressed with (Menzies) and his vision for the future,” Baxter told the Las Vegas Review-Journal on Thursday nights. “He wants to bring championships back to UNLV.”

The addition is certainly a welcome one for the Runnin’ Rebels who return just one forward, Dwayne Morgan, from last season while also bringing in St. John’s graduate transfer Christian Jones.