According to multiple sources, Class of 2013 power forward Jamal Aytes will visit UNLV on Sunday and Monday.
Sources tell RunRebs.com that UNLV has offered Aytes a scholarship. And with the start of the fall semester just weeks away, it stands to reason that the 6-foot-6 California native could be on the verge of committing.
If he were to commit, Aytes would fill the vacant scholarship left by Katin Reinhardt, who transferred to USC shortly after the 2012-13 season ended.
Aytes is undersized for a power forward, but he plays with good energy and strength. He averaged 15.4 points and 8.8 rebounds per game as a senior in 2012-13 for JSerra High School (Calif.).
Aytes has been a late bloomer on the recruiting trail, exploding this summer while playing next to 2015 center Stephen Zimmerman on the Dream Vision AAU team. He opened a lot of eyes recently, as college coaches flocked to Dream Vision games to see Zimmerman and came away impressed by Aytes’ physical play on the low block. In an adidas Super 64 game two weeks ago, Aytes dropped 30-plus points to steal the headlines from a Zimmerman-Goodluck Okonoboh matchup. UNLV head coach Dave Rice and assistant Heath Schroyer were on hand for that performance.
The Aytes offer marks a turnaround for Rice, who said after Reinhardt transferred that the Rebels weren’t recruiting any more high school players from the Class of 2013. Most speculation turned to Rice adding a mid-season transfer to fill the open spot, but Aytes impressed the staff enough for Rice to reconsider and make the offer.
This will be an official visit for Aytes. The current leaders appear to be Gonzaga, West Virginia, Miami, BYU and UNLV.
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