Is Marvin Menzies about to catch a big break on the recruiting front?
Class of 2016 forward Troy Baxter was on the UNLV campus Wednesday for a visit, and thanks to a perfect storm of circumstances, the Rebels appear to have a real shot at snagging the top-100 player.
Baxter, a 6-foot-8 forward ranked No. 88 in the Class of 2016, originally committed to South Florida, but after an academic scandal threw the program into turmoil, he reportedly asked for and was granted a release from his letter of intent.
UNLV just happens to have an open scholarship spot for the 2016-17 season and a huge need in the frontcourt, where the Rebels project to be undersized and in need of a long-term talent infusion. It’s unclear how Menzies and the Rebels got involved with Baxter, but the connection was made and now Baxter reportedly has UNLV in his final three, along with Arizona State and UCLA.
Troy Baxter will visit UNLV on Tuesday. Then Arizona State on Thursday. Plan is to visit UCLA when they get back from foreign tour.
— Evan Daniels (@EvanDaniels) August 28, 2016
If he were to choose the Rebels, Baxter would become the top recruit landed by Menzies in his first offseason at the helm. As a senior at Oldsmar Christian (Oldsmar, Fa.) last season, Baxter averaged 17 points, seven rebounds and 1.5 blocks per game.
Current Rebel (and part of the incoming 2016 freshman class) Ben Coupet is already working to recruit Baxter.
— Cash (@BenC_1) September 1, 2016
Considering the timing of Baxter’s release, the quick narrowing of his new list, the tight clustering of his visits and the close proximity to the start of the season, it seems likely that he’ll make a decision soon.