According to Andy Katz of ESPN, UNLV coach Marvin Menzies added a critical piece to his 2016 class when 4-star power forward Troy Baxter offered up a verbal commitment to the Rebels on Thursday.
UNLV picks up a big commitment, according to a source with knowledge, in Troy Baxter Jr. He was originally… https://t.co/bwcIX2lqJ1
— Andy Katz (@ESPNAndyKatz) September 1, 2016
If you recall, last week Baxter was released from his letter of intent from South Florida. In the end, it took less than a week for Baxter to find a new home.
Naturally, as a class of 2016 recruit, Baxter will be eligible to play immediately for the Rebels this season.
And for a team that is in dire need of talent amid all the deflections that came with a coaching change, this will shape up to be a vital recruit for Menzies moving forward.
Baxter, a 6’7”, 185-pound power forward from Tallahassee, Florida (The Rock School) is rated by 247Sports as a 4-star recruit in the 2016 class. The site ranks him as the No.94 overall prospect in the 2016 class, the 20th-best power forward in the country and the ninth-best basketball player in the state of Florida.
Upon picking UNLV, he also considered Arizona State and UCLA.
Last fall he originally chose South Florida while also possessing offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Connecticut, Florida International, Kansas State, Temple, Tennessee and Texas Tech. Baxter was also receiving interest from Florida, Florida State, Miami and Central Florida.
It’s been a hectic and dramatic offseason for UNLV after it fired coach Dave Rice in January. The Rebels thought they had found their next coach when Chris Beard was hired in March. However, he quickly reversed course and headed to Texas Tech.