Two Signed For 2009-10|
Nov. 13, 2008
LAS VEGAS - The UNLV men's basketball program received signed national letters of intent from Justin Hawkins and Anthony Marshall on Thursday - the second day of the early signing period - to enroll at UNLV next fall and play for the Runnin' Rebels starting with the 2009-10 season, head coach Lon Kruger announced.
Hawkins, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 170-pound senior guard from Taft High School in Woodland Hills, Calif., averaged 14.0 ppg last year as a junior for the Toreadors, helping lead the team to the West Valley League championship with a perfect 10-0 record. He shot 51.4 percent from the field, including 35.3 percent from 3-point range as his team finished the 2007-08 season with a 27-4 overall mark.
"Justin has had an outstanding high school career at Taft," Kruger said. "He will bring very good basketball instincts as well as athleticism to our program. He is a combo guard that will add ability and versatility."
Hawkins also averaged 3.9 rebounds, 3.1 steals and 2.1 assists per game. He has been selected first team All-West Valley league three consecutive years and was first-team all-state and fist team All-Los Angeles City Section last year. As a sophomore, he was named first-team all-state among sophomores. His high school team won the city championship last year and was runner-up his freshman season. He also was named to the CIF academic team the last three years.
"The more I got to know the coaching staff at UNLV, the more comfortable I became with them," Hawkins said. "I could tell they not only care about me as a player, but also as a person. I feel like I am a part of a family there. The team's playing style also factored into my decision. I like the up-and-down style and the defensive intensity for the entire game they play. Visiting campus felt great and it really felt like I was part of something special."
Marshall, a 6-foot, 3-inch, 185-pound senior guard from Las Vegas' Mojave High School, averaged 19.0 points, 9.0 rebounds and 8.0 assists per game last year as a junior for the Rattlers, helping the team to a perfect 14-0 league mark and a 25-2 overall record. He is rated as the 58th-best overall prospect in the class of 2009 by Rivals.com, the 68th-best by Scout.com and the 82nd-best by ESPNU. Scout.com rates him as the 12th-best shooting guard in his class and Rivals.com rates him as the 15th-best at that position. Scout.com and Rivals.com also list him as a four-star prospect.
"Anthony has also had a terrific high school career at Mojave and we are thrilled that he has decided to continue his collegiate career at home in Las Vegas," Kruger said. "He is a very versatile, athletic wing that can pressure the ball with the best of defenders."
As a junior, Marshall was named first team all-state, first team all-division and first team all-conference. He was a second-team all-conference selection as a sophomore.
"Coach Kruger is a great coach and UNLV has turned into one of those programs that you must look at when choosing a school," Marshall said. "It is home for me and the program is doing a lot of things right now, which I want to be a part of. There wasn't a better place for me to continue my career at the next level. The fans are really behind UNLV and I like that. They are a great group of guys on the team, the seniors are really good leaders and I just hope to be able to learn as much as I can. I loved everything about UNLV."