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UNLV adds talent to rebuild process in Troy Baxter

Troy Baxter (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)
Troy Baxter (Kelly Kline/Under Armour)

It’s clear new UNLV head coach Marvin Menzies has an uphill battle in rebuilding a UNLV program which has been decimated by roster turnover over the last few seasons.

Menzies landed his most prominent new addition since taking over as head coach several months ago, as 2016 forward Troy Baxter announced he was eschewing planned visits to Arizona State and UCLA, and picking the Rebels.

Baxter was signed to South Florida, previously, and was considered by at least one source to be a top 100 talent in the 2016 class.

With a calling card of supreme athleticism on his scouting report, Baxter adds an immediate infusion of excitement to a roster which has largely been cobbled together with junior college transfers and lightly regarded high schoolers.

Baxter reportedly averaged 17 points and 7 rebounds per game as a high school senior at Oldsmar Christian (FL). He may be a bit behind the curve after missing UNLV’s trip to the Bahamas, but given the relative dearth of surefire D-1 talent on the roster, Baxter could find a way to get involved early in his tenure in Sin City.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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