UNLV Basketball Announces 2016 Recruiting Class

UNLV AthleticsUNLV men’s basketball head coach Dave Rice announced the program’s 2016 recruiting class on Monday.

Jaylen Fisher, Justin Jackson, Carlos Johnson and Christian Vital will all be joining the Runnin’ Rebel program as freshmen next fall.

Fisher, a 6-foot-2-inch, 175-pound point guard, is a senior at Bolton High School in Memphis, Tenn. He is ranked as the No. 34 overall player in the class of 2016, while Rivals.com ranks him No. 55. The state’s top-ranked player in his class, he averaged 20 points and eight assists as a junior. A consensus four-star recruit, he is also ranked as the seventh-best player in the country at his position and he plays AAU basketball for Team Thad.

“Jaylen Fisher is a dynamic leader and a true point guard,” Rice said. “He is extremely tough and is at his best making plays for others on both ends of the court. He is a tenacious defender and great competitor.”

Jackson is a 6-foot-9-inch, 220-pound forward from Scarborough, Ontario, Canada, near Toronto. The consensus four-star recruit attended Findlay College Prep in Henderson, Nev., and now is at The Hill Academy, which is a prep school in Brantford, Ontario. Last year as a senior at Findlay, he averaged 14.1 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. This past summer he played alongside current UNLV freshman Jalen Poyser on the Team Canada U19 squad that finished fifth at the FIBA World Championships in Greece. Jackson is ranked as the No. 26 overall recruit in the class of 2016 by ESPN and No. 32 by Rivals.com. He also plays for Canada Elite in AAU basketball.

“Justin is a versatile wing with a point-guard mentality,” Rice said. “He is highly skilled and is very efficient making plays on the perimeter and in the paint. He is a great rebounder and a fantastic leader.”

Johnson, a senior at Findlay College Prep, is a 6-foot-4-inch, 220-pound forward from Oakland, Calif. He grew up in Chicago, but played last season at El Cerrito High School near Berkeley, Calif., averaging 15.9 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. In the summer, he played in the Nike Elite Youth Basketball League for the Oakland Soldiers, the same team current UNLV freshman Stephen Zimmerman Jr. played on. As a junior at El Cerrito HS, Johnson, a three-star recruit, helped his team to a North Coast Section Division II title and was a first-team All-Tri-County Athletic League-Rock Division selection.

“Carlos Johnson is extremely tough and is a relentless competitor,” Rice said. “He is a lock down defender and a great finisher in transition and in the halfcourt. He has natural leadership skills and is a tremendous rebounder.”

Vital, a 6-foot-2-inch, 175-pound guard from Queens Village, N.Y., attends St. Thomas More School in Oakdale, Conn. A consensus three-star recruit, he also plays for the PSA Cardinals in AAU basketball, where he made above 40 percent of his 3-point attempts during the Nike EYBL during the summer. ESPN ranks him as the ninth-best player in his state.

“Christian is a highly skilled combo guard with deep 3-point shooting range,” Rice said. “He is versatile playmaker with a great work ethic. He is also a tough competitor and a fantastic teammate and leader.”

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