May 20, 2014, 5:40 PM EDT
Dave Rice’s overhaul of the UNLV roster continued on Tuesday afternoon as he earned a commitment from Jordan Cornish.
Cornish is a 6-foot-6 guard from New Orleans that is rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals.com. He was originally signed to Tennessee but was released after Cuonzo Martin took the job at Cal.
Cornish is the fifth high school player in Rice’s 2014 class, along with Rashad Vaughn, Goodluck Okonoboh and Dwayne Morgan, all of whom are top 50 recruits, and Patrick McCaw. Rice will also bring in Cody Doolin, a senior transfer from San Francisco, former Rutgers guard Jerome Seagears and former Oregon forward Ben Carter.
UNLV will lose their top four scorers from last season. Bryce Dejean-Jones transferred to Iowa State, Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith went pro, and Kevin Olekaibe graduated. They are scheduled to return six scholarship players from last season, meaning that if all eight of their newcomers are on scholarship, UNLV will be one over the NCAA’s maximum of 13.
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