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November 21, 2014

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A dapper Scotty Hoffman returns to UNLV practice

Scott Hoffman returned to a UNLV practice Thursday afternoon wearing a different uniform than he had donned over the previous four seasons.

He looked dapper in his tan slacks and dark dress shoes. Yes, those looked like silk socks. His designer shades hung suavely from the middle of his blue pinstriped dress shirt, whose top two buttons were loose.

Was that Polo cologne?

The career walk-on graduated and moved into the business world.

He had pondered going to graduate school. He could have been a Rebel for another season. He chose neither path, and he now is an account executive for a Summerlin insurance agency.

“Golf and business,” said Hoffman, smiling. “That’s my bread and butter.”

He stood to the side, talking with officials, fans and friends on the periphery of the Cox Pavilion practice gym.

Afterward, he walked onto the court to shake the hand of UNLV coach Lon Kruger. After that, he was asked about being back at practice.

“Very weird,” said Hoffman. “The coaches are yelling at players about the same stuff I used to do.”

A 6-foot-3 guard from Hays, Kan., Hoffman scored nine points in his 26-game UNLV career. At times, it appeared he knew the offensive system better than some of the regulars.

He will be back at the Thomas & Mack Center this season.

“We’re playing three Kansas teams, baby!” Hoffman, 23, said of Washburn (in an exhibition), Pittsburg State (in the season opener) and Kansas State. “And I’ll be at all three!”

Tanned, lean and as rested as ever, the real world appears to be treating Scotty Hoffman just fine.

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