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Katin Reinhardt commits to UNLV, making major statement for Dave Rice and staff

6-foot-4 guard chose Rebels over Texas, Baylor and several others, becomes UNLV’s second commit for 2012

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Belmont Shore’s Katin Reinhardt takes a shot Friday, July 22, 2011 during the Las Vegas Fab 48 tournament at Bishop Gorman. He made four of five field goal attempts in the victory over Juice All-Stars.

Updated Thursday, Aug. 11, 2011 | 1 p.m.

Katin Reinhardt Highlights

UNLV's second commitment for the 2012 recruiting class came early Thursday morning, and this one will likely make a strong national statement in terms of what Dave Rice and his staff are capable of on the recruiting trail.

Katin Reinhardt, a sweet-shooting 6-foot-4 combo guard from Mater Dei (Calif.) High gave a verbal commitment to UNLV, making him the staff's second get in the 2012 class alongside Baltimore point guard Daquan Cook. They now have three scholarship spots still left to fill.

Reinhardt de-committed from USC back in May, and almost immediately, his recruitment became a hot topic.

Rice was one of the first to get in touch with him once he was back on the market, and an unofficial visit to UNLV last week ultimately sold Reinhardt.

"When I left UNLV, I felt like it was the right place for me, and I just sat on it, waited a few days," said Reinhardt, who squeezed the visit in last Thursday while in town to see his grandparents. "My decision, I told coach Rice, was going to be either to be a Rebel or make the decision to go visit the other schools. The more I thought about it, I couldn't pass up the opportunity."

Rivals.com ranks Reinhardt as the No. 8 shooting guard and No. 43 overall prospect in the 2012 class. He's the highest ranked recruit to commit to UNLV since Lon Kruger landed Anthony Marshall, who was ranked 66th overall in 2009. Kruger and his staff had recruited Reinhardt some, too, before he originally committed to Southern Cal.

He chose UNLV over several potential suitors from every corner of the country, including Texas, Baylor, North Carolina State, Gonzaga and Syracuse. Following his showing at the Fab 48 in Las Vegas in late July, he also picked up scholarship offers from Big East powers West Virginia and St. John's.

Reinhardt was set to take unofficial visits to both Texas and Baylor while seeing family in the Lone Star State next week, but instead, his recruitment is now over.

"I actually was watching some stuff on the (former coach Jerry) Tarkanian days, and after seeing that, I want to actually help get it back to where UNLV is contending with the likes of North Carolina and Duke," he said. "I think we'll have a chance to do that with the team we'll have."

Reinhardt added that he hopes he can help build the buzz around the program to the point where there are 18,000 season ticket holders at the Thomas & Mack Center, up from the current number of roughly 11,000.

It wasn't simply the style of play Rice will employ that attracted Reinhardt, but rather the way Rice sold him on how he could fit into it.

The name Jimmer Fredette was dropped, and that made a huge impact.

While Rice was at BYU as an associate head coach and its offensive coordinator of sorts, Fredette was his prized pupil. The 6-foot-2 dynamo went from a raw recruit to being the National Player of the Year and a lottery pick in the NBA draft four years later.

Rice and the staff envision Reinhardt as a point guard that can hurt opponents in a variety of ways, much like Fredette did. On top of his consistent outside jumper, Reinhardt is athletic and quick, has outstanding ball-handling abilities and slick court vision.

"That was a big part of making the decision, having that freedom (within the offense) and trust with all of those coaches — How much they must trust me, that means a lot," he said. "I want to be a big impact player as a freshman, and I think I can be that at UNLV. Just seeing where Jimmer got with coach Rice, and now seeing where I can get with the hard work I'll put in, just being in the gym and playing within that system and with those players, I think it can help me get to the NBA. That's my goal, and with hard work, it's a possibility."

Reinhardt will officially sign with UNLV in November, and said he'll likely take his official visit to campus around that time, once the Rebels' season is underway so that he can take in a game or two at the Mack.

Now, the staff's attention will turn to finding three more 2012 prospects to round out what already looks like a strong class..

Reinhardt is close with Bishop Gorman twin towers Rosco Allen and Ben Carter, who took an unofficial visit to UNLV together last Friday. Allen had also visited with the staff two days earlier for more than an hour.

Carter's recruitment is still wide open, while Allen appears to have narrowed his choices down to UNLV and Stanford. He'll take an official visit to Stanford over the final weekend in August, then likely decide soon after. Multiple sources have told the Sun in the last week that Allen is considered to be leaning heavily towards UNLV.

Other senior prospects UNLV is still pursuing include Gorman's Shabazz Muhammad — the unanimous top overall prospect in the 2012 class — his teammate Demetris Morant, Reinhardt's Mater Dei teammate Xavier Johnson, Consortium Prep (Mich.) big man Matt Willms, Westwind Prep (Ariz.) wing Demarquise Johnson and the Findlay Prep duo of Winston Shepard and Anthony Bennett.

For all UNLV recruiting updates as they happen, stay tuned to lasvegassun.com/rebels.

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  1. Well on our way to greatness. The ball is now officially rolling. Welcome to the best in the west Katin.

  2. Welcome, Katin. We're glad you're a Reb and we think you'll be happy, too.

  3. Fnay! REBELS!!!! Another reason to renew the season tickets :)

  4. Awesome news, welcome to greatness.
    www.RebelReign.com

  5. Rice and the crew are on their way to a top 2012 recruiting class.. The up tempo offense, the new facilities, and the way the city will embrace the players, should all be great reasons to join the Rebels.

  6. Snowball is building coming down the hill. 3 more left, who wants to be part of the excitement?!

  7. After Kendall Wallace got hurt before last season, it was quite obvious there wasn't a consistent threat from behind the arc. We do get Kendall for one more year, and now we have someone to step in after he leaves. This was huge. Congrats to the coaching staff, and thank you to Katin.

  8. Ryan, now that UNLV only has three open scholarships, does it put greater pressure on recruits to sign?

    Also, do the recruits ever talk about the ease of shining in the MWC versus a BCS conference? Just comparing AM's stats to Elijah Johnson's (Kansas), it just looks like an easier path to the NBA with a lower possibility of getting recruited over.

  9. Mike, It's not so much coming to the MWC, but rather the chance to make UNLV a strong national brand again. Reinhardt said that was a major selling point for him.

    And I don't know if any pressure is kicking in just yet. Signing day is still 3 months away. They've got roughly 7 guys targeted for 3 spots, but all but one or two of them are still pretty wide open with their recruitments. My prediction for the next commit, though, is Rosco Allen.

  10. This kid has real skills. His passing ability looks better than his shooting.

  11. Welcome aboard Katin. You should love the kind of BB the Rebs are going to play.

  12. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXtafK-u9... Reminds me of Bob Sura in the 90's

  13. What's up with the "but for now" comment. Doesn't sound like a strong commitment.

  14. That is true tark182. Certainly leaves some doubt. At the same time, reading ESPN's Paul Biancardi's story on Katin verballing to UNLV, Katin discusses how his commitment this time is different from his one to USC. In that interview it sounded like he has given this one much more thought and that interview makes it more reassuring. But in this day and age you never know until the staff confirms a LOI.

  15. tark, I think the 'but for now' is being read into too much. The commitment is firm and he'll sign in November. I think he just used the wrong words, honestly.

  16. Very impressive! I am blown away with the recruits that Rice and his staff have attracted. R E B E L S

  17. Hey Ryan, Dave Telep reported that Anthony Bennett listed 10 schools he was interested in. UNLV not on that list. Am I looking into this too closely?

  18. "but for now" from his tweet is a follow up to an earlier tweet "First I just wanna thank all the schools that have been recruiting me it ment alot to me and it's hard making a decision"

    IMO those three words are just a link between both tweets, not bad choice of words.

  19. I am so freaking excited we got Katin, I LOVE the way he plays!!!!! The Runnin Rebels are going to be a force to be reckoned with!!!!

  20. Jimmer.2? Has the shooting ability and can pass the ball. Awesome pickup

  21. Katin was my favorite recruit besides Shabazz. WAY TO GO RICE AND STAFF!!!

    We seem really point guard heavy, though. Reinhardt, Cook, Smith, and the year after, Walker. I wonder how they'll manage all of these players. Three of them are 6ft and under, so they aren't likely to be good 2 guards. Katin would be a great 2 guard, but it doesn't sound like that is where they want him???

  22. Sofa, I would love to have him, but I think he will end up back east... But Bennett actually corrected Telep to have him include UNLV...

  23. And Congrats Katin!!! Welcome to the Rebel family!!

  24. @chickenlittle, oh yea, i remember seeing that tweet of his, but ESPN never updated the post.

  25. Yes, Bennett created Telep and said UNLV was in, not Arkansas. But, still, I don't know what the Rebels' exact chances on him look like. Might be a longshot.

  26. Doesn't look like Oklahoma has any 2012 or 2013 commits yet. And we have some badass ones. Just saying.

  27. I'm glad that he has updated himself on our history. We would lock even more up if they all did that.

  28. Want to say that Katin and the whole family are extremely excited for Katin and UNLV. Thank you for all the support it defiantly made a difference. So looking forward to watching the team this year and can't wait until next year.

    Take care! Darren (Uncle)

  29. @lv129

    Oklahoma has 2 recruits already and a list of 20 some interested . I don't think they are struggling.

  30. Rice & staff are killin it right now, man I'm hyped for Rebel hoops already. Roscoe will be a rebel & hopefully Shabazz. Don't forget Ant Marz will be a senior when these fresh hit campus, lookin pretty sweet. Cant leave out my B-More baller D Cook whos got polished playground skills. All we need is an inside enforcer & we'll be set. Bring back the shark tank with the jaws music just to top it off. When all you recruit is top 100 players you put yourself in a great position to be real good. Oh I almost forgot dont forget about Bryce Jones who is also super tight with Shabazz.

  31. Very nice addition from a great high school program quality guy know the school and the area!
    Welcome to UNLV!
    Showtime!

  32. He's already decommitted once, now tweets that "for now" he's committing to UNLV.

    Fake, flake, or mistake? Hmmmm....

  33. Check out the new video, it brings chills. Its being circulated on rebel-net.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P-gRiGAZb...

  34. Class of 2012 and 2013 already shaping up to be really good. This season we should already be very solid contenders, and future years look to hopefully keep the steam cooking.

  35. Welcome to the Rebel family Katin! Congratulations! Now let's start Packing the Mack!
    Can't Wait!! Reebbbbeeeellllllsssss!

  36. Hey Logic...Katin is 100%! So excited about his choice and cant wait to get on campus next year. Tweet is out of context for sure. Take care. Darren

  37. Darren, logic_ is just one of the resident trolls on this site that never has anything positive to say...

    Again congrats to your family on joining the Rebel family!!!

  38. Good to have you aboard Darren, thanks for the updates. Looking forward to seeing Katin in Rebel red. Met him while he was in Vegas for the fab 48. I really liked not only what he had on the court but how he was off. Took time to say a few good words to myself and my daughter. Best wishes to the family and god bless.

  39. @darrenreinhardt--Sadly, in today's world no kids commit is 100% Don't think for a minute that other schools will back off.

    Many here used to criticize me when I pointed out Kurger's obvious recruiting deficiencies. No doubt that Rice is doing an excellent job beating down the doors and making strides to restore UNLV to national prominence.

    Give Jim Livengood the credit for hiring Rice. Several fools here wanted the guy from Oregon to be the new UNLV athletic director.

    As always:
    Fair And Balanced
    logic_should_rule

  40. Thanks reb4life777!

    Katin loves the game so much. He has had a basketball in his hand since he before he could walk. Just wants to give it his all and leave it all out on the floor. The entire Reinhardt family are now UNLV fans and will do our part to support the program. Again the support from the UNLV fans was HUGE!!! Cant say it enough, amazing you guys are awesome.

    God bless you and your daughter!

    Darren (Uncle)

    Darren

  41. Without even knowing Katin or all the specifics involved in his decision to commit to UNLV I'm almost 100% certain that having family here in Vegas had a factor in his decision. There was not a chance Katin ended up in NY or WV IMO simply based on Katin being west coast, plus the current vision of Rice & co is contagious.

    I dont remember reading that anyone wanted Ernie Kent as head coach. It doesn't matter anyways, thats all old news, just go with it trolls....

  42. @jedwards (James Edwards)--Your memory or lack of knowledge regarding the hiring of Livengood is horribly deficient. Good luck to you!

  43. Logic you're an idiot, your posts always suck, you have no game or skills, go bark up somebody elses tree before you get suckered out like the busta you are... You're entitled to your opinions but thats all they are.

    This is a great day for rebel hoops & real rebel fans know what the deal is...

  44. Welcome to UNLV Katin!
    I look forward to seeing you take the floor in Runnin' Rebel red!

  45. HOLY SH*T!!!!!! I think Rice & Co have made a commitment to bring Gucci Row back to the Mack and pick ups like this are pieces to the puzzle.
    Would be nice to sign Willms and a 3 or 4 and I think we'd be set.

  46. @ jcom

    One of the things Katin said was he wanted to help recruit and let people know about whats going on at UNLV. Could be great as he plays with X at Mater Dei and Zena on Belmont Shores. Maybe Darren can let us know whats going on with that.

  47. @jedwards (James Edwards) Duh..You're thinking Ernie Kent and then call me an idiot? Just proves the caliber of what I'm dealing with. I actually feel sorry for you.

  48. Great committment! GO REBELS

  49. I don't agree with much logic has to say on here, but I do remember many people were in favor of Bill Moos (the Oregon guy) getting the AD job over Jim Livengood. I was one of those, too, but I think it was more of the fact that I read and knew more about Moos than Livengood. I am happy to say I was wrong and could not be happier with the job Jim is doing.

    As far as Katin's commitment, its never 100% until a players signs his LOI, but I'd call Katin's verbal a "Very Strong," verbal, and not just because his uncle is on here telling us he is 100%. Reading his interviews and tweets, he just seems too excited and invested to be wavering. Its not like with USC where he just got so excited and committed right away. He took his visit, went home and took time to think about it and then made his decision.

  50. Now that's what I'm talking about! I am now officially geeked about the Rebels Runnin again. Congratulations to Katin and the Rebel coaches. Great news I love it.

  51. 20+ years since their first title. They have been overdue for a long time. No more waiting, get it done Rebs. UNLV was the powerhouse in the NCAA time to reclaim the title.

  52. Ryan time for a podcast!!

  53. I hope he plays well