Monday, August 31, 2009

UNLV Looking for Big Things from Derrick Jasper


ESPN.com has given a preview of the Mountain West Conference. Here are some comments about former Kentucky Wildcat Derrick Jasper, who will be eligible to play for the Runnin' Rebels in 2009-10:

10 Offseason Storylines:

3. Rebel with a cause:
Coach Lon Kruger is understandably excited about his new point guard, Derrick Jasper. The Kentucky transfer, who would have started last season had he stayed at UK with Billy Gillispie, started the final 27 games of his freshman year, averaging 2.9 assists per game. Microfracture surgery held him out of 11 games his sophomore season, but he still shot 45 percent from behind the arc. That hot shooting, not to mention a 6-6 frame for a point guard, has Kruger and Runnin' Rebels fans anxious to see him on the court this season.

UNLV Team Preview:

3. UNLV: Tre'Von Willis had a very solid first season after transferring in from Memphis. If new transfers Derrick Jasper (Kentucky) and Chace Stanback (UCLA) can be equally effective, the notion of UNLV as a "bounce back" recruiting school will explode. Keep an eye on frosh Justin Hawkins to play big minutes right away. Matt Shaw coming back off knee surgery is important, too.

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