Goodluck Okonoboh cut his list down to five schools on Tuesday, and UNLV is among the finalists.
Okonoboh, a 6-foot-9 center, is ranked No. 32 in the Class of 2014, and his advanced defensive skills would fill a hole in the middle for the Rebels next year (assuming Khem Birch goes pro after the upcoming 2013-14 season).
UNLV will have to beat out some good programs in order to secure a commitment from Okonoboh, however: Indiana, Ohio State, Florida and Duke are the other finalists.
Indiana in particular looks like a strong candidate. Okonoboh, a Massachusetts native, plays his AAU ball with the Mass Rivals, and Indiana coach Tom Crean has a history there—he reached into the Bay State to pluck Mass Rivals star recruit Noah Vonleh last year.
But UNLV has a connection of its own. Birch and Okonoboh are good friends from back when Birch played prep school ball for Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass., and Okonoboh has said the two are still tight.
Making it to the final round with Okonoboh is the latest in a string of positive developments for UNLV. Elite 2014 shooting guard Rashad Vaughn recently listed UNLV among his finalists, as did 2014 wing Kelly Oubre.
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