UPDATE: While Rashad Muhammad has said UNLV is recruiting him, a UNLV source says that UNLV is not recruiting Muhammad in anyway.
Despite having more players than available scholarships, Marvin Menzies may not be done recruiting for 2017. Jon Rothstein reported that UNLV has shown interest in Miami graduate transfer Rashad Muhammad.
The 6-foot-6 wing, who played at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, started his collegiate career at San Jose State. He averaged over 13 points per game in each of his two seasons as a Spartan then left for Miami. After sitting out the 2015-16 season due to the NCAA’s transfer rules, Muhammad was set to play for the Hurricanes. But he was suspended for the first three games of the year then was dismissed from the team for failing to meet team expectations.
“We just have certain standards we have set for all our players and he just never was able to meet those standards,” Miami head coach Jim Larranaga said. “Even during the year that he sat out, we were constantly reminding him of how important it is for him to understand the responsibilities of a Miami player and he didn’t do that.”
He was also one of five Spartans suspended in December of 2014. That led San Jose State to adding a couple football players to the roster.
Muhammad finished the school year at Miami and is now eligible to play right away. He may be looking at coming back to his home state, as both UNLV and Nevada are on his radar.
Just spoke with Shad too, said: "Nobody is in any order (but) UNLV and UNR are nice because they are back home."
Wants to be close to home. https://t.co/kyLbR5Fhjw
— W.G. Ramirez (@WillieGRamirez) May 23, 2017
UNLV has 14 players, one more than the 13 scholarships teams are allowed. Djordjije Sljivancanin and Ben Coupet are the two players that could potentially lose their spot on the team. Plus Dwayne Morgan’s arrest makes him a possible candidate to leave the team.
Adding Muhammad would lead to at least two more players leaving UNLV (Menzies has mentioned the possibility of someone becoming a walk on) after Jalen Poyser, Troy Baxter and Zion Morgan transferred.
Muhammad would likely get a shot at a starting position on the wing. His shooting ability—he hit 37 percent of his threes at San Jose State—would make him a valuable piece to next year’s team.
The current UNLV class already ranks in the top 20 in the nation. Adding Muhammad would not be a big splash across the country, but he may fit a need for Menzies.
According to Rothstein, Muhammad has also heard from Georgia Tech, Western Kentucky, Portland and Washington.