UNLV Basketball: What's Next for Dave Rice and the Runnin' Rebels Program?

Grant TuckerContributor IIApril 23, 2011

In the past three days,the Runnin’ Rebels future has taken a drastic turn as they have had Findlay Prep guard, Nigel Williams-Goss, decommit from the program and Canadian forward Grandy Glaze request a release, which reopened his recruitment.

Both of these players had a strong relationship with former coach Lon Kruger, which is why they both now have Oklahoma on their radar.

This string of events has left many UNLV fans wondering, what could possibly happen next?

The Rebels now have two open scholarships for the upcoming recruiting class, as Dantley Walker, who will go on a two-year Mormon mission, was again offered a scholarship by Rice last week and said he will honor his original commitment.

Many people close to the UNLV program have been discussing the possible signing of 6’5” freshman guard Bryce Jones who recently transferred from USC. But Jones is also considering west coast powerhouses, Gonzaga and San Diego State.

Two other players that would be good fits for the Rebels’ style of play now that Rice has taken over, would be two more freshman, Utah swing man, J.J. O’Brien and Kansas guard Royce Wooldridge.

Both are very versatile players that have no problem shooting the basketball.

If at the end of this recruiting period, the UNLV coaching staff feels that it would not be worth it to use the scholarships for this upcoming season, then they could always save them for next year.

That wouldn't be the worst idea as next year's class is filled with loads of talent, including some local prospects such as 2012 phenoms Shabazz Muhammad, Rosco Allen and Ben Carter. All of which have UNLV on their lists.