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UNLV adding former South Florida signee Baxter

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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.

South Florida commit Troy Baxter posterizes opponent at NBPA Top 100 Camp (VIDEO)

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On the first day of May, 6-foot-9 small forward Troy Baxter made the decision to end his recruitment, as he became the first member of the South Florida head coach Orlando Antigua’s 2016 recruiting class. The Florida native has been lauded for his ability on the defensive end, and his athleticism was also on display during the first day of the NBPA Top 100 Camp in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Receiving a pass on the baseline, Baxter took a drop step towards the rim and threw down an emphatic one-handed dunk on 2017 center Nick Richards. Richards will have opportunities to return the favor, as the camp runs through Saturday.

Video credit: Courtside Films

South Florida lands top-150 Class of 2016 wing

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Troy Baxter is one of the most intriguing wing athletes in the Class of 2016. The 6-foot-9 native of Florida opted to end his recruitment on Friday as he committed to South Florida.

Baxter picked the Bulls over his other finalists of Arizona State, Arkansas, Connecticut, Kansas State, Murray State Temple, Texas Tech and USC.

Playing with Team Breakdown in the Under Armour Association this spring, Baxter has shown elite athleticism to go along with the potential to be an outstanding jack-of-all-trades defender. The native of Gainesville is still developing his game on the offensive side of the ball, but Baxter still finds himself as a three-star prospect and the No. 127 overall player in the 2016 class in Rivals‘ rankings.

Baxter is only averaging 8 points per game in eight contests in the Under Armour Association this spring, but he is more prospect than player at this stage in his development. Baxter is also shooting 53 percent from the field and averages a little more than one steal per game on the defensive end.

Baxter is South Florida’s first commitment in the 2016 class and head coach Orlando Antigua did a great job of making him a priority recruit.