Bellfield Signs With Runnin' Rebels|
April 16, 2008
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV men's basketball program received a signed national letter of intent from Oscar Bellfield to enroll at UNLV and play for the Runnin' Rebels starting with the 2008-09 season, head coach Lon Kruger announced Wednesday.
"We are really excited about Oscar and what he brings to our program," Kruger said. "We have been following him for over two years and his attitude, competitiveness and desire to be here are all qualities that will enable him to be successful."
Bellfield, a 6-foot-2-inch, 175-pound guard from Los Angeles' Westchester High School, helped his team to a 29-5 record last season and the semifinals of the city playoffs and the quarterfinals of the state playoffs. He averaged 16 points, five rebounds, five assists and three steals per game last season. He was first team all-city and first team All-South Bay Area. He will enter UNLV as a freshman and played on the United States youth team that competed in the Albert Schweitzer tournament in Mannheim, Germany, in March.
"The things about UNLV that really stood out for me to make the decision to attend were the coaching staff, the guys on the team and the style of play," said Bellfield. "They really have great coaching, I got along great with the players and the fast-paced and defensive-oriented style of play is a great fit for me."
"Oscar is a high-character individual, which is always a priority with Coach Kruger," said Darren Matsubara, who coached Bellfield on the EBO (Elite Basketball Organization)/2K Sports AAU team. "He has a high level of discipline to be successful because of his character. He can play the point or the two-guard positions and I don't think there could be a better fit for what Coach Kruger's philosophies are and what Oscar has as a skill set. He can really defend, which is mandatory with the coaches, and offensively, he can shoot, can get to the basket and just make plays."
Bellfield joins DeShawn Mitchell, a 6-foot-5-inch, 205-pound forward from Monmouth Academy in Howell, N.J., and Darris Santee, a 6-foot-8-inch, 225-pound forward from Midland (Texas) College, who both signed with the program in November, as UNLV's signings for the 2008-09 season. Also part of the class is Beas Hamga, a 7-foot, 225-pound center who redshirted last year and will be a freshman this coming season, as well as Tre'Von Willis, a 6-foot-4-inch, 195-pound guard, who transferred from Memphis and also redshirted at UNLV during the 2007-08 year. Willis will be a sophomore in 2008-09.
UNLV finished the 2007-08 season with an overall record of 27-8 and lost to eventual national champion Kansas in the NCAA Tournament's second round. The appearance in the NCAA Tournament was the second straight for the Runnin' Rebels, who advanced to the Sweet 16 in 2007. UNLV finished second in the Mountain West Conference this past season with a 12-4 mark and won the conference tournament championship for the second straight year.
UNLV will only lose two players from last season's team - seniors Curtis Terry and Corey Bailey. The Runnin' Rebels will have four seniors on the 2008-09 roster in Wink Adams, Joe Darger, René Rougeau and Mareceo Rutledge.
Additionally, registration is ongoing for this summer's UNLV Runnin' Rebel Basketball Camps.
Day Camps will be offered from June 16-18 and August 4-6. Both camps will have three sessions. The first will be from 9 a.m. - noon (ages 8-10), the second will be from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. (ages 11-13) and the third will be from 6 p.m. - 9 p.m. (ages 14-18).
The UNLV Runnin' Rebel Basketball Camp is a fun and challenging learning resource for every player. Players of all levels will improve their skills through intense and detailed instruction on the proper execution of offensive skills and fundamentals. Players will receive individualized training from UNLV coaches, staff, players and high school and college coaches. Each camper will participate in individual contests and team competition as well as receive a camp T-shirt and ball.
The cost of each camp is $150 per session. June 14 is the registration cutoff for Camp 1, while Camp 2 needs to be registered for by August 2. For more information and to register online, visit the camp website, which can be accessed from the men's basketball page at UNLVRebels.com or directly at UNLVBasketballCamp.com. For more information, please call the UNLV men's basketball office at 702-895-3295.