UNLV coach Dave Rice landed a commitment from another McDonald’s All-American on Thursday night when Bishop Gorman center Stephen Zimmerman tweeted his choice for the Runnin’ Rebels.
The 7-foot Zimmerman, who helped lead the Gaels to four consecutive state titles and is a consensus top 10 national recruit, picked UNLV over Kansas, Arizona, Kentucky and UCLA.
“Thx 2 all the programs & fans that supported me. This is MY decision & I’ve decided 2 stay home & attend UNLV #LetsRun #Vegas.”
A couple hours later he added this tweet:
— Stephen Zimmerman Jr (@BIGG_ZIMM) April 17, 2015
Zimmerman is in New York for today’s Jordan Brand Classic all-star game that airs on ESPN2 at 5 p.m. He is the third McDonald’s All-American to join UNLV in four years following in the footsteps of Anthony Bennett, who went on to become the top pick in the NBA Draft, and guard Rashad Vaughn, the 2015 Mountain West Conference Freshman of the Year. Both played at nearby Findlay Prep in Henderson.
Zimmerman joins a recruiting class that includes one of the top prospects in Canada, 6-foot-4 guard Jalen Poyser, and 6-foot-6 forward Derrick Jones of Philadelphia, who has become a YouTube sensation for his high-flying dunks.
The Rebels also are favored to land former Findlay Prep point guard Nigel Williams-Goss who is visiting this weekend after deciding to transfer from Washington. Ike Nwamu, a powerful 6-foot-5 shooting guard who averaged 15.1 points at Mercer last season, also is visiting this weekend but is also considering Pittsburgh and Louisville.
Another Findlay Prep star, 6-foot-7 forward Justin Jackson, also earlier committed to UNLV. Considered one of the top 10 prospects for the Class of 2016, Jackson said he will talk to his parents about reclassifying for the Class of 2015 and also could enroll in the fall.
UNLV is also still awaiting the decision of 6-foot-11 forward Christian Wood who must decide by April 26 whether he will enter the 2015 NBA Draft or return for his junior season.