The 18th ranked UNLV Rebels are expected to have a big season and a talented team. With all the talent that the Rebels have, some players on the team had to redshirt for this season so they can be prepared for the next season.
According to Saturday’s edition of the Las Vegas Sun, freshmen Daquan Cook and Demetris Morant will sit out this season. With these two players redshirting, that leaves UNLV with only nine scholarship players on the team but help is on the way as Pittsburgh transfer Khem Birch will be eligible to play at the end of the fall semester.
It seems as if Cook and Morant have made the right decision to redshirt because they will see more time in the future rather than playing now and being stuck in a logjam. Head coach Dave Rice said “That was a hard decision to make because Daquan has improved as much as anyone since he got here.”
Coach Rice would continue to say “He would play minutes for us this year, but he’ll play more minutes as a fifth year senior than a freshman… He needs to get older and stronger; everything else will come.” Just by these statements, we see that Coach Rice agrees with the decision that both of his freshmen have made.
The UNLV Rebels are ranked 18th in the nation, and have started off the season 1-0 by beating Northern Arizona University (Big Sky) on Monday night. Their next game will be on Saturday Night as they will take on Jacksonville State (Ohio Valley) in the Global Sports Challenge.
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