UNLV adds Vitaliy Shibel

Vitaliy Shibel

T.J. Otzelberger landed his second graduate transfer of the week, with the addition of Vitaliy Shibel.

Shibel joins Elijah Mitrou-Long as this week’s Runnin’ Rebel commits.

Unlike Mitrou-Long, Shibel will have two years of eligibility left starting in 2019-20. He was at Arizona State for three years, but only played in two seasons, as he redshirted his first season, then suffered an injury that caused him to miss most of last season.

In 49 career games, Shibel scored 65 points. His career high was against St. John’s in 2017, when he scored 11 points.

Shibel will add depth to the frontcourt. As of now, the Rebels only power forward is Nick Blair. Shibel will be able to provide minutes at the four and possibly the five in small ball lineups.

Shibel only made 13 of his 51 (25.5%) threes at Arizona State, but Otzelberger expects him to provide some shooting from the frontcourt.

“He has valuable experience as a starter in a winning, successful program and has the ability to shoot from the outside as well as play inside because of his unique combination of size and skill,” Otzelberger said in a statement.

SCHEDULE UPDATE

UNLV also added Kansas State to the non-conference schedule, according to Jon Rothstein. 

UNLV will host the Wildcats this season, then make the trip to Manhattan, Kansas in 2020.

Here is the current 2019 non-conference schedule:

BYU (Salt Lake City)

at Cinicinnati

at Cal

at UCLA

Kansas State

You can hear more about Shibel and the Rebels schedule on today’s edition of Technically Correct by clicking here.

Author: Tyler Bischoff

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