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UNLV lands 5-star recruit Brandon McCoy over Arizona, Oregon

This is a shocker: the Rebels have landed elite center Brandon McCoy.

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Marvin Menzies has landed his first signature recruit at UNLV. Brandon McCoy, a 5-star center from California, committed to the Runnin’ Rebels on Tuesday night over Oregon, Michigan State, and Arizona, according to ESPN’s Paul Biancardi.

McCoy is rated as the No. 15 player in the class of 2017 by ESPN. He is a 7-foot, 245-pound center who can lock down the paint defensively and clean the glass. This is a huge get for a UNLV team that finished just 11-21 in Menzies’ first season last year.

McCoy made the announcement on Twitter:

UNLV was used to landing big-time recruits under former coach Dave Rice. Rice signed 5-star recruits like Anthony Bennett and Stephen Zimmerman before getting fired in January 2016. After a circus-like coaching search, Menzies left New Mexico State to take the job.

UNLV still faces an uphill climb to compete in the Mountain West, but this a huge first piece. The Rebels finished just 4-14 in conference last season.