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UNLV adds to monster haul with top-100 forward Savon Goodman

As one of only a few top-100 talents left in the 2012 class nationally, and the only of those expected to qualify academically, 6′-6″ combo forward Savon Goodman was considered the last man standing in the class. He waited for awhile to kick his recruitment into high gear, taking trips to SMU and UNLV following decommitting from Villanova last year.

On Friday evening, UNLV announced via a release that Goodman has signed a written offer of financial aid from UNLV, joining a gargantuan and talented recruiting class that coach Dave Rice has amassed during his first recruiting cycle as the head man for the Runnin’ Rebels.

Rice said,”We are excited about Savon joining our program. He is a winner and brings great energy on every possession. He can guard multiple positions and will be explosive in our transition game. He has a tremendous work ethic and we look forward to his development over the next many seasons.”

Goodman joins top-10 national prospect, power forward Anthony Bennett, top-50 guard Katin Reinhardt, bouncy big man Demetris Morant and guard Daquan Cook in the haul. Additionally, the Rebels have also added talented transfers Khem Birch (Pitt) and Roscoe Smith (UConn) to what is shaping up as one of the nation’s most talented rosters, top to bottom.

At this point, it is unclear exactly where Goodman fits into the picture at UNLV, given the strong depth in the frontcourt. He’s an energy guy, good in transition and a strong rebounder, but not ready to step in as a star at the college level. He was strong in action for the New Jersey Playaz, as the recipient of many assists from UCLA-bound Kyle Anderson.

Rice might be challenged with putting the pieces of the puzzle together, but make no mistake that UNLV is stacked with talent. Goodman gives UNLV three top-100 players, in addition to two other former top-100 players in Birch and Smith. This should be a very dangerous opponent next season.

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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