A Matt Update…

Took my boy to his first UNLV Runnin’ Rebel Basketball game on Sat.

We handled the Utah Runnin’ Utes (yes, they stole our cool nickname) in front of over 10,000 fans.

Notice I did not take Lorelai. That is because I have heeded the unintentional warning of Devin Hudson (6 junior high girls basketball games in 4 days!) and decided she will be taken to ballets instead.

All in all life has been pretty crazy lately. I have a lot to write about but very little time to write. I plan to write a post later this week about my church on this blog, and a post about Family Legacy on my family blog.

Please keep us in prayer as Vicky and I learn how to emotionally and physically handle caring for 2 infants.

Oh, and Ryan has a seminary degree now (congrats!!!) but refuses to use it (booooo!!!). Pray that he will repent. Also, feel free to rebuke him if you feel led.

matt

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36 Days

UNLV senior guard Wink Adams fires a shot during a post-practice scrimmage earlier this week at the Thomas & Mack Center. Adams enters his final season as the Rebels' 13th all-time leading scorer with a realistic chance to climb as high as second once this year is through, but he doesn't mind flying under the radar on the national scene.

Some links to wet your appetite:

Schedule

Adams Relishes the Feeling

Recruiting Update

Kruger Book in the Works

Bleacher Report: #20

matt

This Is Huge. UNLV Gets Top Guard Anthony Marshall

I know that no one cares about UNLV basketball posts, except for Matt and I, but I believe this is arguably the biggest recruit signing for UNLV this decade.  Not because Anthony Marshall is a LeBron James or something, but this signing is the exclamation point that UNLV has arrived.  Now some may point to Wink as being our biggest get this decade, and I would agree that based on his performance that could be the case.  But I am strictly talking about recruiting here, and recruiting is all about momentum and image.  UNLV has now demonstrated that it can get quality transfers, and big name recruits.  After this year’s recruiting class, it will no longer be laughable to think that UNLV can compete with UCLA or Arizona for the best players in the west.  Marshall in many ways is a tipping point, that places UNLV on a larger stage in the recruiting world than it has been on in a long time.  Lon has truly got this program back on track.

Here is the story in the Las Vegas Sun.

Marshall is a top 50 recruit and a Las Vegas local, he has a high basketball IQ, great leadership ability, and all the physical skills you could ever want in a point guard or shooting guard.  But more than that is what Marshall symbolizes for UNLV.  UNLV has quickly been climbing back onto the national stage in the last few years and carving out an identity of a well coached, high energy, defensive team.  Big name recruits all around the country have begun to take notice and want to play for the basketball guru Lon Kruger.  They have seen how he can transform raw, mediocre talent into solid NBA players.  And getting to the NBA is what really attracts top high school talent.  When a coach demonstrates that they consistently know how to make that happen kids want to play there.

Marshall, who was being recruited by all the top programs in the country decided to stay home and play for UNLV (which is a major accomplishment in keeping top LV high school players in town) because he knows what Lon can do for him, and for his future.  Factoring in that UNLV has also pulled in UCLA 4 star transfer Chace Stanback, and 4 star Kentucky transfer Derrick Jasper in the last few months, UNLV is primed to become one of the dominant west coast basketball programs in the country.

I could not be more excited for the upcoming season, as we will get to finally see Beas Hamga and Willis, but the future looks even brighter!  Go UNLV.

ryan

I just peed a little

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“We’re trying to get to the Final Four. I definitely think we have that
type of team. We’re capable of beating any team we play,” Rougeau said.
“We’re in some preseason top 25 polls, and we can sneak up in that top
10.”

Sleepy Rougeau sets this Blog’s Priority of Thankfulness

From his article in today’s Las Vegas Sun, thanking the people who made the trip to Australia possible:

When I was a little kid, I never would have guessed that I would be taking a tour of Australia to play basketball. I would like to thank God before anyone else because without him nothing is possible.
After him, I have to thank my head coach, Lon Kruger.

I love that so much, it is now the tagline for this blog, and will remain so forever.

matt

Cage Leaves the Rebels

In a move that doesn’t really hurt the team, and could possibly be better for the player, back-up forward Troy Cage has left the UNLV Men’s Basketball team.

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Although I am not thrilled with the Sports Editor’s choice of a title, here is the the article explaining the leave. It was nice to see the coach and teammates speaking well of a guy as he left; for once. I am saddened that many fans will lump Troy in with the last three who left/kicked off the team (your title to the article didn’t help RJ sports editor).

Troy gave the Rebels some good hustle minutes off the bench last year and seemed to be on the same developmental track as “Sleepy” Rougeau. Understandably his playing time was not looking good with the additions of Massamba, Hamga and Santee.

Good luck Troy on the rest of your basketball career and thank you for the work you put into the program the last few years.

matt

I Love Lon

Yesterday was the first day of the Spring signing period for college basketball recruits. Kruger had this to say about UNLV’s incoming class, as well a a commentary on the hoopla of the whole thing:

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“I really like these guys,” he said.
“The only significant ranking is how they’ve done two to three years
down the road. That’s the only thing that’s accurate.”

This guy’s awesome.

matt