Sunday, June 19, 2011

Wide range of subjects

DeShawn MitchellRemember Deshawn Mitchell? 

Mr. Mitchell has popped up in the news again for attempting to make another roster. Anyone who has read RebelReign’s Tre’von Willis retrospective is aware of the interesting path Deshawn has taken since leaving UNLV. Here’s the recap:

“In addition to the lost personnel, DeShawn Mitchell asked for a release after his freshman year and transferred to Rider. Somehow, that didn’t quite work out for Mitchell and he ended up at Snow College (in Ephraim, UT). As another aside on Mitchell, he was recently dismissed from the JUCO team (playing as a “sophomore”) in February, 2011 even-though he was their leading scorer.  Bad decision to leave UNLV.” – Tre’von Willis Retrospective, Part 2.

I have always been fascinated by the whole, “where are they now” inquiry – here’s where Deshawn Mitchell is now.

After being dismissed from Utah’s Snow College basketball team in February 2011, he continued to be enrolled and earned credit with the hopes of playing D-1 again. We now learn he butted heads with the coaching staff there, which lead to the odd late-season dismissal.

In pursuit of D-1 ball, Mr. Mitchell attempted to become a Rainbow Warrior at the University of Hawaii. U of H was a big supporter of Mitchell’s, naming him one of their more prized of six recruits going into this coming season. Unfortunately for him and Hawaii, the NCAA ruled that Mitchell, who academically would have been a junior, was not eligible because he did not have enough transferable credits.

Anyone who remembers Mitchell from his lone season at UNLV remembers he had impressive hops and was quite an athletic and promising freshman. Disappointing turn of events with his multiple stops and failures at every turn since leaving the Rebels. Ironically, had Mitchell made the Hawaii roster we would be playing against him this season. Best of luck to Mitchell, hopefully he hits the books, squares things with the NCAA, and finds himself a D-1 program.

Recruiting updates

Everyone knows UNLV locked up a commitment from USC transfer Bryce Jones. The updated picture on two other recruiting targets follow the same storyline – SDSU.

J.J. O’Brien, an extremely promising freshman from the wreckage that is Utah’s coaching change disaster, was a target of the Rebels as soon as it became known that he was available. O’Brien picked SDSU over other potential suitors, likely due to the depleted roster and room to shine. As a transfer, he will redshirt for a year and be back as a sophomore in 2012-13.

Dewayne Polee II was a former recruiting target of Lon Kruger & Co, but he opted to join Steve Lavin and St. Johns in NY. When his mother fell ill, he sought to transfer to a school closer to L.A. to be there for her and his family. He too looked at schools who had recruited him originally, and likewise chose the Aztecs. Polee is currenly awaiting a decision from the NCAA as to whether he can obtain a waiver for the 1 year redshirt rule, due to the family medical reason. If so, we’ll see Polee in action, albeit on the opposing team this season.

Rebel Legend's Party

RebelSwag is presenting the first ever Rebel’s Legends party, here at the Hooter’s Casino (formerly San Remo) on Friday, June 24 @ 7PM Poolside. Should be a blast, go if you can, if you take pictures, send them to Here is the flyer:

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