Runnin’ Rebels land Jelan Kendrick

UNLV coach Dave Rice has picked up a verbal commitment from another McDonald’s All-American.

Jelan Kendrick, a 6-foot-7 wing who began his career at Memphis but never played a game for the Tigers and then averaged 5.1 points in one season at Ole Miss before being suspended, said he will play for Rebels after spending this season at Indian Hills Community College in Iowa.

“I believe it’s been a learning experience for me,” Kendrick told Jeff Goodman of CBSSports on Saturday. “I’ve become a better person and my goal at UNLV is to help them win a national title and reach my final destination as an NBA player.”

A source confirmed that Kendrick, who is currently on an official recruiting trip at UNLV, committed to the Rebels today.

Kendrick was rated the No. 8 player in the nation by Rivals.com his senior year at Wheeler High in Atlanta, Ga., while ESPN.com ranked him No. 43 in the nation. He played in both the McDonald’s All-American and Jordan Brand All-Star games in 2010.

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