Another intriguing name has popped up in connection to UNLV’s offseason rebuilding efforts, as multiple outlets are reporting that Mercer transfer Ike Nwamu is set to visit with the Rebels this weekend.
Nwamu led Mercer with 15.1 points per game last season, and he’s got a well-earned reputation as one of college basketball’s most ferocious dunkers. The 6-foot-5 swingman isn’t all power, however—Nwamu also knocked down 38.5 percent of his 3-pointers over the last two years at Mercer.
As a fourth-year grad transfer, Nwamu will be immediately eligible to play with his new team in 2015-16. UNLV could have as many as three or four open scholarships to fill this offseason, depending on Chris Wood’s NBA draft decision. If he ends up choosing UNLV, Nwamu would presumably slide into the wing rotation and compete for starter’s minutes with returning Rebels such as Jordan Cornish and Dwayne Morgan.
Nwamu began his college career at Cleveland State in 2011, but transferred out after his freshman year. He landed at Mercer and sat out the 2012-13 season as a redshirt before resuming his career, posting 8.3 points in 18.3 minutes as a sophomore. He broke out last season as a junior, scoring 15.1 points in 33.2 minutes while also posting 3.3 rebounds and 1.6 assists.
It will be a busy weekend for UNLV, as the Rebels are also hosting Washington transfer Nigel Williams-Goss on a visit.
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