Mike Moser and Anthony Bennett were supposed to lead the UNLV Rebels to a national championship last season… or something like that. That clearly did not happen, but at least Bennett had the honor of being picked No. 1 overall in the 2013 NBA Draft. With that said, the incoming players could ease the pain of the team losing both Bennett and Moser, among others.
Incoming will be two four-stars, a three-star and two JUCO players, according to ESPN. Pretty solid for any program. The Rebels definitely needed a recruiting class like this, since they will be losing so much and will need to fill many voids as a result.
Not to mention, New Mexico basically will have the same team and was clearly the best team in the MWC last season. That very well could be the case in the 2013-14 season, with San Diego State, Colorado State and UNLV all losing a bunch of talent.
It really helps that both Christian Wood and Kendall Smith–the two four-stars joining–are ranked in the top 100 in the 2013 recruiting class, according to ESPN.
It will be interesting to see if any of the five players set to join will have an instant impact, but I am sure that will be the case for at least one of the players–probably even more.
Whoever does replace Moser and Bennett will have some big shoes to fill. However, I am sure no one is expecting anyone on this team, whether if it is a returning player or an incoming player, to be picked No. 1 overall in the 2014 NBA Draft.