Second Exhibition Provides Opportunity for Young Rebels

UNLV announced that three players will be leaving the program early, as Jalen Poyser, Troy Baxter and Zion Morgan will transfer.

Marvin Menzies hinted at serious roster turnover during the season. And his comments seemed to indicate Jalen Poyser and Troy Baxter could be on the way out.

Poyser began the year as the point guard, but slotted into the shooting guard role midway through the season. Then he found himself on the bench as his shot eluded him. He also faced a one-game suspension for violating team rules.

Poyser averaged 10.5 points while making 21 starts.

Baxter, a four star recruit in 2016, played in 23 games. But his shot selection and defense plus injuries led him to the bench for most of the end of the season.

Morgan is the most surprising name on the list, as the freshman earned more playing time in the second half of the season as a defensive upgrade at the guard position. But Morgan was never able to produce enough on offense, as he averaged just 2.8 points in his 27 appearances.

“While these decisions are very difficult, the outcomes always represent the best interest of our student-athletes,” Menzies said in a press release. “The Runnin’ Rebel family is greatly appreciative of the commitment and contributions of each of these young men. We will support them in every way possible with their transition to pursue their athletic and academic goals.”

UNLV now has six open scholarships, with four players currently committed in Mbacke Diong, Tervell Beck, Anthony Smith and Jay Green.

The Rebels could see even more transfers, as Djordjije Sljivancanin and Ben Coupet were not given playing time late in the season.

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