The preseason leading up to the 2014-15 season generated a ton of optimism around the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels program. With the likes of Rashad Vaughn and Goodluck Okonoboh coming to UNLV, and Cody Doolin transferring to the school out of San Francisco, there was reason to believe that the Rebels could contend for a Mountain West title.
Injuries got in the way, and the Rebels struggled for most of the season. The team didn’t make any form of postseason play, and it was a disappointing showing all-around.
This season, the optimism is beginning to build once again. Even though Rashad Vaughn declared for the NBA Draft and Cody Doolin is graduated, the Rebels are starting to build another strong program. Thursday night saw their plan take a big leap forward.
Entering the 2014-15 season, there was a ton of optimism surrounding the UNLV Rebels. With talented freshmen like big man Goodluck Okonoboh and guard Rashad Vaughn committing to the program, and the likes of Christian Wood and San Francisco-transfer Cody Doolin also in the mix, the Rebels looked poised for a big year.
However, that was not the case. The Rebels struggled to live up to the pre-season expectations surrounding the team. Rashad Vaughn missed the last nine games due to a knee injury, and the struggles would only continue from there. The Rebels’ season ended in the quarter-finals of the Mountain West tournament, at the hands of the San Diego State Aztecs.