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McCoy Named Preseason MW Freshman Of The Year

Oct. 18, 2017

LAS VEGAS ( - UNLV men's basketball 7-footer Brandon McCoy was named 2017-18 Preseason Mountain West Freshman of the Year Wednesday. The league released its Preseason All-Conference Team, which was selected by members of the media, in conjunction with the start of its men's basketball media summit at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino - Las Vegas.

McCoy, originally from Chicago, Illinois, is a 2017 graduate of Cathedral Catholic High School in San Diego, California. The consensus five-star recruit was rated by ESPN as the nation's sixth-best prospect at one point during his senior year and was honored as a McDonald's High School All-American. As a senior at Cathedral Catholic, he averaged 28.6 points, 12.6 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game. He is the program's first preseason conference freshman of the year since Stephen Zimmerman Jr., in 2015.

The media poll was also announced at the conference's media summit. The Runnin' Rebels were picked sixth and received one first-place vote. 

Today also marks the start of Runnin' Rebel Week with the free Scarlet & Gray Showcase at 7 p.m. at the Thomas & Mack Center. Other events include an appearance by the team at UNLV football on Saturday and the Slam Dunk Social for Ladies on Sunday. Click here for more information along with the rest of the week's activities. 

UNLV, which is in its second year under Coach Menzies, has brought in a recruiting class that has been ranked as high as No. 12 in the country. Seven new players have been added to the roster for the 2017-18 season, including McCoy and National Junior College Player of the Year Shakur Juiston. The team also returns its leading scorer from last year in senior guard Jovan Mooring.

The Runnin' Rebels host an exhibition game at the Thomas & Mack Center Friday, Nov. 3, vs. Alaska-Fairbanks, and open the regular season Saturday, Nov. 11, vs. Florida A&M.

Season tickets are on sale now and start as low as $119. They may be purchased at, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

Two mini-plan options for this season include upper and lower bowl seats:

• Pick-3 Plan: 
One premium game (Arizona, San Diego State or Nevada, Reno) plus two non-premium games (non-conference or conference). Prices range from $42-177 depending on seat location.

• Conference Plan:
Six pre-set games (Utah State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Wyoming, Fresno State, Nevada, Reno). Prices range from $72-342 depending on seat location.

Mini plans may also be purchased at, by calling 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office.

Single-game tickets may be purchased starting Thursday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. with an online-only presale, then on the phone at 702-739-FANS (3267) or by visiting the Thomas & Mack Center Box Office starting Monday, Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.



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