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Former UNLV guard Katin Reinhardt heading to USC

Katin Reinhardt is the second player from the 2012-13 team to transfer to the Pac-12

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Hey Reb walks off with UNLV guard Katin Reinhardt after the Rebels knocked off Boise State 68-64 Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at the Thomas & Mack Center.

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UNLV guard Katin Reinhardt drives to the basket during their game against Canisius Saturday, Dec. 22, 2012 at the Thomas & Mack. The Runnin' Rebels won 89-74. Launch slideshow »

Turns out Katin Reinhardt will honor his original commitment after all.

Two years after giving a verbal commitment that later fell through, Reinhardt will attend USC, he told Scout.com. The former UNLV guard confirmed the news on his Twitter page.

News broke over Memorial Day weekend that Reinhardt, despite ranking second on the team in minutes and shot attempts as a true freshman, was unhappy with his role at UNLV and wanted to leave Las Vegas. USC was always the assumed destination and on Thursday, a day after visiting campus in Los Angeles, Reinhardt made it official.

“We watched film for about 45 minutes and coach (Andy) Enfield showed me their style of play and how I would fit in," Reinhardt told Scout.com. "He said that he doesn't want me to be pigeonholed into one thing; I would be a playmaker, and I felt very comfortable with that."

Reinhardt will have to sit out a year per NCAA transfer rules. He'll be eligible for the 2014-15 season.

During his junior year, Reinhardt, who played at Mater Dei High in Santa Ana, Calif., about 45 minutes southeast of Los Angeles, told then-USC coach Kevin O’Neill that Reinhardt would be a Trojan. Months later, he wanted to reopen his recruitment but still keep USC in the mix, something that didn’t sit well with O’Neill.

That’s how the Dana Point, Calif., native ended up at UNLV, where he averaged 10.1 points in 29.1 minutes per game. But Reinhardt and his father, Ernie, believe the guard’s NBA future depends on minutes at point guard, which wasn’t guaranteed with the Rebels.

So they decided to leave. Reinhardt is the second player from the 2012-13 squad to transfer to the Pac-12 (Mike Moser to Oregon) and the third player to leave the program early (Anthony Bennett to the NBA).

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  1. "He said that he doesn't want me to be pigeonholed into one thing; I would be a playmaker, and I felt very comfortable with that."

    Thats a good way of saying, you're not playing point guard here either.

  2. If memory serves you were not pigeonholed here either Katin. You were given minutes at point when AM rested and you were lousy at it. Poor ballhandling and even poorer decision making. If you thought you were good enough to start at point you would have stayed. Obviously you did not. Best of luck to you at USC. We will take our chances without you.

  3. This no defense diva belongs in SoCal.

  4. If Kaitin watched FGCU tape and thought he projects to Brett Comer's PG role (during his hot tourney run), he was either not paying attention or was watching tape while sitting in a freshly painted room.

    I'd bet a beer that Enfield has Reinhart penciled in to Christophe Varidel's pop-a-three-when-open role. By the time he figures this out, Kaitin will hopefully have been reattached to reality and accepting that this is the best fit for his skill set. Either that, or he'll have to leave the program and and run point at some school like Wackalaka State.

    Enfield is pretty smart like that. Dude is going to do very well at USC.

  5. I think Katin Reinhardt made a big mistake in transferring. He's not a point guard, but I don't necessarily think he's a shooting guard. He got skills that match both positions, but I think he's more of a combo guard. He wasn't ready as a freshman for the role he envisioned. He could have been more than just a jump shooter at UNLV if he stayed long enough. I think he has the chance to develop into an NBA player, but it will probably be a J.J. Reddick type role where he's a shooter off the bench.

  6. So he ended up where pretty much everyone expected him to end up, which also happens to be where he was originally verbally committed before changing his mind and coming to UNLV.

    The quick turn around pretty much confirms that this decision was made well before Coach Rice was actually "officially" notified of his final decision to leave. Not exactly what one would expect from a self-proclaimed "#rebel4life."

  7. The more I hear and read about this kid its time to let him go. The press has sided with UNLV and Coach Rice any egg throwing on his way out will be used against us in the future as we've seen by his father's input and meddling.
    I believe Coach Rice has learned that nice guys finish last and put his foot down. Team first mentality should be foremost as UNLV moves forward.

  8. Not cool, Katin, not cool. "rebel4life" that had to have been a joke. On Rebel fans and UNLV as an institution. I was looking forward to watching your development, looks like I'll have to watch Fox Sports to do it...why bother. Just another "groupthink millenial", "it's kind of a tradition at Mater Dei" i.e. transferring schools. God forbid you should break from "tradition" and actually honor your commitment. Good luck anyways. But still not cool. If anyone wants to read a professional article regarding this subject, look at Graney's piece in the R-J.

  9. I have never hoped for a young kid to fail. But I think I'm going to go ahead and try it out and see how it works out for me:) I am really starting not to like this kid. After all, it is all about me isn't it?

  10. Sounds like USC will continue their tradition of being the beat up ugly step-sister of the PAC12 (in basketball).

  11. I tried to tell all the homers that this kid sucks! Did anyone listen?! LMAO at the homers now and watching them turn on him....

  12. Time for a new coach, yet? What happened to the saying what comes in Vegas, stays there?