Rice scored a huge recruit in incoming freshman forward Anthony Bennett. Ranked as the top power forward prospect in his class (and top 10 overall by most scouting services), Bennett is a supremely talented and athletic big who has excellent range on his jumper. He will look to make his presence immediately known and could be a potential one-and-done player (ESPN’s Chad Ford has him as a lottery pick in next year’s draft). One thing to watch for is how Moser adapts to playing the small forward position alongside Bennett at the four. Those two could make a formidable one-two punch.
UNLV has arguably the best frontcourt in the country. The combination of Moser (14 points and 10.5 rebounds per game last season) and McDonald’s All-Americans Birch and Bennett will be a tough group for any Mountain West opponent to slow down. And speaking of the Mountain West conference, the Rebels’ loaded roster this year has them primed to go after their first conference title since 2000, when they were regular season co-champions with Utah. In just his second season at the helm of the Rebels, Rice will be looking to make some serious noise come tournament time and he has the tools to do it.
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