Tyrell Green, a 6’7″ wing forward at Hill College in Hillsboro, Texas, has committed to UNLV. Green made the announcement on his Twitter page.
Originally from Toronto, Ontario, Green averaged 14.6 points and 6.1 rebounds per game last season while shooting 45.5 percent from the field and 47.5 percent from beyond the arc. In two seasons at Hill, he averaged 13.1 points and 6.2 rebounds.
The young man from north of the border will now join a Runnin’ Rebels team that went 18-15 (8-10 Mountain West) last season, but missed out on the NCAA tournament for the second consecutive season. UNLV has gone 89-47 (37-29 MWC) in four years under coach Dave Rice, but hasn’t made truly significant progress in the big dance since 2007 when then-coach Lon Kruger helped lead the team to the Sweet Sixteen as well as a Mountain West championship. The last time UNLV was in the Final Four, it was in 1991 and Hall of Famer Jerry “The Shark” Tarkanian was head coach.
Green will now be tasked with helping take the program to the next level. The Mountain West is growing more and more competitive with programs like San Diego State, Boise State, Colorado State and even New Mexico constantly contending for top spot in the conference, so Rice would be smart to give him significant minutes from the get go.
It may not seem so, but UNLV is now a team to watch going into the 2015-16 campaign.
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