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Early commit Jamal Aytes, leaves UNLV Program

Jamal Aytes shown above, has played his last days in a Runnin' Rebel uniform.
UPDATE:   

A few months after signing with the Rebels, Jamal Aytes announces he’s moving on in search of more playing time. The Rebels will lose some depth in the frontcourt as freshman forward Jamal Aytes has decided to transfer, coach Dave Rice announced this afternoon. Aytes was a late commitment to the Rebels, signing right before the fall semester started. Sounds like Aytes never truly had his mind set on which program he truly wanted to be a part of. The 6’6, 230 lb Aytes, a San Diego native who played at JSerra Catholic High School, was not known for his offense, but rather his physicality in the paint. Aytes played in four of UNLV’s seven games, averaging 2.8 points and 0.8 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game. Listed at 6-foot-6 and 230 pounds, Aytes added a physical presence in the post but fell behind freshman Christian Wood in the rotation. With Khem Birch and Roscoe Smith playing exceptionally well up front this year, plus highly touted recruits Dwayne Morgan and Goodluck Okonoboh coming next season, Aytes didn’t see many minutes available for himself. “I have enjoyed my time at UNLV, but transferring gives me a better opportunity for playing time sooner in my career,” Aytes said.

ANALYSIS:

Aytes is a big bodied youngster, who has soft hands (catches everything in traffic), to go with great feet, and is known as a fluid ball handler. He scores consistently with his back to the basket and can even step out and drain the jump shot at the elbow. He isn't a great leaper, but due to his good feet, savvy, and budding offensive skills, he will surely bring in interest from many top Division I programs. UNLV’s head coach Dave Rice had this to say in regards to Aytes; “We thank Jamal for his contributions and wish him the best in the future.” Which ever program is lucky enough to bring in this young recruit, will be bringing in an very talented and motivated individual.

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Alex Kline