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Two Signed For 2009-10

The UNLV men's basketball program received signed national letters of intent from Justin Hawkins and Anthony Marshall on Thursday.

The UNLV men's basketball program received signed national letters of intent from Justin Hawkins and Anthony Marshall on Thursday.

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."

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