UNLV coach Dave Rice announced Tuesday that sophomore swingman Karam Mashour has been granted his release from the program so that he can transfer.
The 6-foot-5 native of Nazareth, Israel, averaged just 1.5 points, 1.2 rebounds and 3.2 minutes per game last season while playing in 13 games. His decision to transfer came as little surprise considering Mashour refused to enter the game in the final seconds of a Feb. 1 blowout of Colorado State.
“I enjoyed my time at UNLV,” Mashour said. “It was an honor to play for the Runnin’ Rebels and I will always appreciate the support of my teammates and coaches. I look forward to finding an opportunity where there is more playing time available.”
Mashour’s departure means UNLV has two scholarships available for the spring signing period which begins today. Findlay Prep forward Anthony Bennett is the team’s top target. Bishop Gorman guard Shabazz Muhammad, who recently eliminated UNLV, is expected to sign with UCLA but says he is also considering Kentucky and Duke.
“We appreciate Karam’s contributions to our team,” Rice said. “He is an extremely hard worker and was a big part of our success this year. He is a great person and we wish him the best.”