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Jarod Lucas. Photo via latimes.com.

Marvin Menzies told RunRebs he was approaching this summer’s recruiting cycle as a chance to start building relationships with players from the 2018 and 2019 classes, and it appears he’s following through on that strategy.

With several major AAU tournaments converging on Las Vegas this week for the final live period of the summer, the Rebels have stepped up their recruiting game, especially in the 2018 and 2019 classes. To that end, Menzies recently offered a pair of 2019 California products in Jarod Lucas and Isaiah Mobley.

Lucas and Mobley are currently AAU teammates on the Compton Magic Under-16 squad. Lucas is a 6-foot-3 guard who averaged 26.4 points and 5.1 assists per game while making 44.4 percent of his 3-pointers (88-of-198) as a freshman last year at Los Altos High School. Mobley, a 6-foot-8 forward, averaged 16.2 points and 10.4 rebounds as a freshman at Rancho Christian.

Both players are rated among the best in California for the Class of 2019 and are sure to draw big-time recruiting attention in the coming years, and that’s why Menzies and his staff are starting to work on them now.

“It’s early, but I’m enjoying [the recruiting process],” Lucas said after knocking down four 3-pointers in a Friday morning contest at the Cashman Center. “UNLV would be a place I would like to go visit. It’s a beautiful place and Vegas is very nice. I haven’t really talked to any of the coaches yet, but I’m hoping to talk to them before we leave.”

Mobley is receiving a bit more recruiting buzz than his teammate at the moment, as the versatile frontcourt performer currently holds offers from multiple Pac-12 schools. On Friday, he sounded open to hearing Menzies’ pitch for UNLV.

“I’m looking at all my schools evenly,” Mobley said. “I’m very thankful and blessed to have received an offer from UNLV, and I think they’re a great program. Obviously you see what they’ve done in the past and I love their facilities.”

Mobley also said a face-to-face meeting with the Rebels could be in the works.

“I’ve taken [unofficial visits] to UCLA, USC and Arizona State, and I would love to take an unofficial to UNLV.”

Mobley said an unofficial visit to UNLV probably wouldn’t happen this week, but that living in nearby southern California would make for a convenient return trip to Vegas in the future.

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