UNLV has offered a scholarship to high school shooting guard Jules Bernard, one of the top players in the Class of 2018:
— Compton Magic (@Compton_Magic) July 12, 2016
Bernard is one of the highest rated players offered by Marvin Menzies so far during his tenure as head coach. Rivals rates the 6-foot-5 slasher as the No. 37 player in the nation, while 247Sports has him at No. 42 and ESPN ranks him No. 53 overall.
Back in May, Bernard told Endlessmotor.net that he had already received offers from UCLA, USC, Nevada-Reno, Utah and Arizona State, among others.
Menzies was hired too late to go after any big fish in the Class of 2016, and even the 2017 class may be beyond his reach. The Rebels have offered 2017 guard Hamidou Diallo (No. 7 in the Rivals rankings), but when it comes to high-profile players, most of the stars have been building relationships with college coaches for years at this point. So 2018 will probably represent Menzies’ first real shot at bringing in blue-chip recruits, and he’s apparently already targeting Bernard.
The UNLV roster situation is so fluid that it’s difficult to project how Bernard (or any recruit) would fit into the team’s plans two years from now. But Menzies is aiming to stock the system with talent. In addition to Bernard, the Rebels have also offered 2018 prospect Keyshawn Embery, another Top 100 recruit in the Class of 2018.
I couldn’t find any highlights of Bernard from the 2015-16 season, but you can check out his 2014-15 reel below: