Coaches have been free to leave for another job without penalty forever. Now players have the same right. So coaches need to quit complaining and embrace the new reality.
Ten who played for UNLV last season are leaving Las Vegas and six who played elsewhere have opted to continue their respective careers with the Rebels.
UNLV received a committment on Friday from the reigning Southland Defensive Player of the Year and a shooter from the Big West.
UNLV’s senior center announced that he is entering the NBA Draft without an agent — and the NCAA’s transfer portal — all but ending his career with the Rebels, according to an interview he did with ESPN.
A wing from Texas is transferring to UNLV, a person close to the program confirmed.
Bryce Hamilton on Thursday became the eighth Rebels’ player to enter the portal since the season concluded last month. The 6-foot-4-inch junior led UNLV in scoring the last two seasons.
Oklahoma forward Victor Iwuakor transfers to UNLV, gives Rebels three new players from Big 12, joining West Virginia’s Jordan McCabe and Texas’ Royce Hamm.
“UNLV would destroy Gonzaga. It’s just not fair. … It was a totally different era,” says veteran basketball journalist and author Dan Wetzel.
That UNLV team was ranked No. 1 all season and had just one game decided by fewer than 10 points. Three of the NBA’s top 12 draft picks that year played for Jerry Tarkanian.
The former UNLV basketball coach is retiring to Las Vegas, where he will watch son Kevin take over the Rebels program while trying to inspire a fan base.