Guard: Shane Nowell, sophomore
Nowell is the one true man of mystery on this year’s roster. He only played 66 minutes at Arizona last year as a freshman, so there wasn’t enough footage of him to do a full breakdown of his game. Based on what he’s shown on the practice court so far, he’s got good size and athleticism for a wing; now it’s up to UNLV to develop his skills.
Forward: Keyshawn Hall, freshman
Aside from Gilbert, Hall may be the Scarlet and Gray’s most watchable player. He checks in at a burly 6-foot-6 but plays a perimeter game; he’s clever with the ball, creates off the dribble and completes passes that startle the receivers. It’s hard to see a true freshman cracking the rotation out of the gate, however, especially on a team this deep with defenders. Hall will see minutes eventually, but he’ll have to earn his spot.
Forward: Victor Iwuakor, senior
There’s no doubt Iwuakor can play, especially on defense. UNLV was better when he was on the floor last year. Unfortunately, he’s been battling injuries for almost a year now, and he has yet to participate in summer workouts. Kruger said Iwuakor will be ready by the start of the season, but counting on him to play a major role would be irresponsible.
Center: Karl Jones, junior
Between Muoka and Cottrell, UNLV’s allotment of 40 minutes at the center position seem to be accounted for. Jones is here in case someone gets hurt or if Kruger wants additional muscle on the court for certain matchups.