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Men's Basketball Ink Four Recruits

May 13, 1998

LAS VEGAS, NEV: UNLV Runnin' Rebel head coach Bill Bayno announced that Desmond Herod, Shawn Marion, Chris Richardson and Matt Siebrandt have signed national letters of intent to play at UNLV beginning in the 1998-99 season.

Herod (pronounced HA ROD), a 6-foot-5 guard, played this past season at Adelphi Academy in Bayridge, N.Y., for coach Joe McMahn. As a senior, he appeared in 22 games and averaged 30.5 points (670 total points), 13.0 rebounds (286 total), 4.0 assists (89 total), 3.3 steals (73 total) and 3.7 blocked shots (81 total). Desmond shot 82 percent from the free throw line (79-for-96). He scored a season-high 32 points against St. Anthony, the top New Jersey high school team.

He earned All-BORO (Brooklyn) honors and was a three-time MVP at Adelphi. He played three seasons at Adelphi and his freshman season at FDR (Franklin Delano Roosevelt) High School. In 96 career games, he compiled 2,516 points (26.2 average) which placed him second all-time in New York City High Schools behind Kenny Anderson, now a member of the NBA's Boston Celtics.

Herod also compiled 1,500 rebounds, 446 assists, 362 steals, 338 blocked shots and shot 82 percent from the line (276-for-336).

"Desmond is an athletic wing player," Bayno said. "He can really shoot the ball from the perimeter. He is a tremendous defensive player who can get out and pressure the ball and into the passing lanes and comes up with loose balls. He's an intense competitor and is a warrior and gym rat. He is going to have a tremendous career here at UNLV. He is maybe a redshirt possibility."

Marion, a 6-foot-7 forward, played two seasons at Vincennes (Ind.) University for coach Dan Sparks. Shawn, who is considered one of the top JC players in the country, appeared in 36 games this past season and averaged 23.5 points (847 total points) and 13.1 rebounds (471 total).

He shot 60 percent from the field (331-for-549) and 75 percent from the free throw line (122-for-163). Shawn had 105 blocked shots (2.9 average), 76 steals (2.0) and 99 assists (2.8). His squad compiled an overall record of 31-5 and advanced to the National Junior College Athletic Association Tournament.

Shawn set the tournament record for rebounds with 68 (13.6 average in five games). He scored 37 points and pulled down 15 rebounds in Vincennes' 103-89 victory over Southern Union (Ala.) in the fifth-place game. He participated in the National Junior College All-Star Game which was played in Cocoa Beach, Fla., on April 11. Shawn was named the game's MVP with 21 points and 16 rebounds.

He has been invited to attend the tryout camp for the United States National Team for the Goodwill Games beginning on May 31 in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"Shawn is an explosive athlete who I am really looking forward to coaching," Bayno said. "He has incredible potential. He can play inside and outside. He needs to work on his perimeter shooting and his play off the dribble. He's a long athletic player that can get out on the wing and run. He finishes in transition and has a nice inside game to compliment the quickness and ball handling ability on the perimeter. Maybe his greatest attribute right now at any level is his ability to rebound. He is a quick jumper that is able to get the basketballs on both ends of the court.

"Shawn has the ability to be an impact player for us immediately. He's a great kid and a solid student who is going to be a tremendous addition to the program."

Richardson, a 6-foot-7 forward, played this past season at Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas for coach Robert Taylor. As a senior, he appeared in 36 games and averaged 18.3 points (660 total points), 10.7 rebounds (385 total), 4.7 steals and 3.2 assists. He shot 43 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free throw line.

He earned MVP honors of his district, All-Metro MVP, first-team all-state TABC (Texas Association of Basketball Coaches) and first-team all-region 4. His squad posted a 29-7 record with Richardson playing in the post position. The Tigers captured three championships (district, area and region 4) and advanced to the region 4 semifinals.

"Chris is a wing player that can play inside and outside," Bayno said. "He needs to work on becoming a more consistent perimeter shooter. He may have the highest vertical (leap) of any Rebel since Warren Rosegreen. He jumps out the gym and is very athletic. He is great shot blocker for a small forward.

"Chris is a tremendous kid and is a good student who will come in and work hard to improve his overall game. I am very excited about his potential and his future at UNLV."

Siebrandt, a 6-foot-7 forward, played this past season at Galena High School in Reno for coach Tom Maurer. He appeared in 34 games and averaged 14.9 points (502 total points), 7.5 rebounds (256 total), 1.7 assists and 1.4 steals. He shot 58 percent from the field (201-for-348) and 63 percent from the free throw line (98-for-155).

He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for the state of Nevada. He earned first-team all-state and first-team All-Northern Nevada honors. Matt was named to the all-tournament team of the Myrtle Beach Ball Classic which was held in South Carolina. Galena compiled a 28-6 record advanced to last season's state tournament.

"Matt is another inside and outside player. Right now a No. 4 (position), power forward with small forward skills," Bayno said. "He is a redshirt possibility. He is a good athlete and has a knack for using both hands. He has a nice touch around the basket and can knock down the 15 foot jump shot. He is a tough competitor who will play hard and do whatever it takes for the team to win. Matt is someone that you have to have to be a successful program.

"Matt will continue to work to improve and I am really looking forward to coaching him over the next four years."



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