UNLV basketball:

Savon Goodman becomes the eighth newcomer to the 2012-13 Rebels basketball team

Goodman, ranked No. 72 overall in this year’s class, is a 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward from Philadelphia

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Constitution’s Savon Goodman, center, celebrates with teammates Fajion Jones (33), Craig Slade (25), Kevin Dukes (20), and Ahmed Gilbert after defeating Lincoln Park 68-49 in the basketball game to win the PIAA class A boys state championship on Friday, March 23, 2012 in State College, Pa.

Dave Rice’s recruiting coup yielded another prized target: 6-foot-6, 210-pound forward Savon Goodman.

Rice announced Friday evening that Goodman, a Philadelphia native ranked No. 72 in the country, has signed a written offer of financial aid and will join the program this summer. Goodman decommitted from Villanova last August and chose UNLV over SMU, which this off-season hired legendary coach Larry Brown.

“We are excited about Savon joining our program,” Rice said in a statement. “He is a winner and brings great energy on every possession. He can guard multiple positions and will be explosive in our transition game. He has a tremendous work ethic and we look forward to his development over the next many seasons.”

Goodman had been considering reclassifying to the class of 2013 — the same thing UNLV target Anthony January had done earlier this summer — but the pieces aligned for him to stay in his current class and he now becomes the eighth newcomer for the 2012-13 season. The Rebels are now done with recruiting for the class of 2012.

Goodman joins high-school signees Anthony Bennett, Daquan Cook, Demetris Morant and Katin Reinhardt, as well as transfers Bryce Dejean-Jones, Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith. Considering the Rebels' depth at forward, Goodman would be a possible candidate to redshirt, but Rice has said he won't make any of those decisions until he gets closer to the season.

As a senior at Constitution High, Goodman averaged 26 points and nine rebounds per game. As a member of the USA Elite National Team, Goodman helped to win a FIBA World Championships in France last April. Before attending Constitution, he spent three years at Academy of the New Church Boys School in Bryn Athyn, Pa.

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  1. Another great recruiting job by coach Rice and his staff. He has put together a top 5 recruiting class including all the transfers. Now lets turn these recruits and returning players into wins in March.

  2. The Job Dave Rice & Co. are doing is legendary! Even Tark never had a group like this.How exciting has all this recruiting been for Rebel Nation? WOW , but the expectations are going to fly through the roof! What a good problem to have! Go Rebels !

  3. So wonderful to see financial aid going to a great ball player instead of a scholar. Tell me again why we need the University so badly ? to turn out the future of America?? another ball player.

  4. what a great pick up for unlv.. and neiman1 are you stupid unlv has a certain amount of scholarships for athletic and a certain amount for academics..kid worked his butt off to earn that scholarship

  5. after ben carter and rosco allen didnt pick unlv. i thought wow back to being a second choice , but rice has really stepped his game up

  6. Can we re-run some of those stories from last summer where half the people were complaining about Rice being hired mainly because he "couldn't recruit?"

    Funny we don't see much of that anymore.

  7. It will be interesting to see how long it takes the Rebels to gel. The Canada tour will certainly help. They'll still win a lot of games early in the season on talent alone.

  8. This recruiting class is pretty ridiculous. UNLV is going to be stacked this season with some awesome talent. It's definitely looking up and there's going to be some high expectations, so hopefully that follows through with some results.

  9. rebs have enough depth to run anybody off the court, and still have fresh legs to spare. This will be an awesome season.