After getting commitments from guards Katin Reinhardt and Daquan Cook earlier this summer, UNLV turned its attention to the frontcourt.
Late Monday night, the Runnin’ Rebels found their guy in Demetris Morant, an athletic big man who fits the target profile. Morant chose Rice’s program over San Diego State, with Memphis, Texas A&M, Utah, Arizona State and others also in the mix.
“Great coaches, good style of play,” Morant told CBSSports.com when asked why he chose UNLV. “I feel like family at that school, and I get a lot of help from people, getting better at basketball.”
Morant is a 6-foot-8 power forward from Bishop Gorman (Nev.) who played alongside No. 1 recruit Shabazz Muhammad on the AAU circuit, with Dream Vision. He is one of the better shot-blockers in his class, possessing tremendous timing and defensive instincts. Morant has great length and athleticism, and he avoids taking chances and fouling. Offensively, he is still very raw, but he knows how to run the floor and finish in transition.
Morant isn't sure exactly the sort of impact he will make at UNLV, but he's optimistic.
"The coaches must have seen something in me," he said.