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On to the Next One: UNLV Rescinds Offer to Dwayne Polee

The recruiting saga of Dwayne Polee took another turn today when UNLV rescinded their offer after Mike Moser, a UCLA transfer, decided to transfer to Sin City. As discussed around here lately, UTEP's likely moved on too (despite still occasionally being mentioned by random news sources).

Atlanta Journal Constitution: Polee Has Eliminated UTEP

There is so much misinformation out there, it's hard to know if this is accurate. The LA Times had UTEP in the discussion today, and now the AJC says Polee has "eliminated" UTEP. At this point, who knows? Excerpt "Polee was committed to Southern Cal as a freshman and his father, Dwayne Polee Sr., remains director of basketball operations for the Trojans. But Polee Jr. decommitted last December after Tim Floyd resigned amid an NCAA investigation at USC. Floyd subsequently recruited Polee at UTEP where he is now head coach. Polee has since eliminated the Miners."

LA Times: Dwayne Polee to Choose Between UNLV, Georgia, St. Johns & UTEP Tonight

It's always nice to be in the conversation for a recruit as coveted as Dwayne Polee, Jr., but this time we have legitimate hope that UTEP can reel in a prize recruit. Tim Floyd and Dwayne Polee, Sr. have a strong friendship (Polee was Floyd's Director of Basketball Operations at USC). UTEP's emergence in the race for Polee all but knocked New Mexico off the radar screen. Polee is a phenomenal athlete. Here's hoping Floyd can pull another rabbit out of his hat. Hat Tip to LaOnda for bringing this my attention.

The Dig: 4.20.10

Your best C-USA Roundup; Tim Floyd is fighting Georgia and St. Johns for Dwayne Polee, Jr.; Ruffin McNeill has built Texas Tech West; and Rick Pitino thinks UCF belongs in the Big East.

Floyd Hits the Ground Running: Los Angeles Section Player of the Year Dwayne Polee Now Has UTEP in Top 3

Dwayne Polee, an exceptional athlete, had committed to USC before he ever played a game at Westchester High. After Tim Floyd resigned, he withdrew his commitment. Now, the 6'7 small forward (and 3-Star Rivals Recruit) has narrowed his choices to UTEP, UNLV, and Georgia. Polee said that he intends to make his decision "within weeks." I am still waiting to see if recruits that Tony Barbee signed (John Bohannon, Matt Korcheck, Jamison Stearns, and Darrious Curry) will still enroll at UTEP. With Derrick Caracter leaving early, the Miners now have another scholarship available. According to the article, "Polee, a master dunker and a stellar shot blocker with his 40-inch vertical leap and aggressiveness around the basket, has been named the Daily Breeze Player of the Year after expanding his game and having his best season for Westchester (32-3), which captured back-to-back L.A. City Section and CIF Division I state championships." You know how sometimes, people say they run a 4.4 forty but they really don't? Or have a 40 inch vertical? Well, Polee has a 40 inch vertical. The kid can fly. Polee's father, Dwayne Polee, Sr. was hired as the Director of Basketball Operations at USC shortly after Polee committed to become a Trojan. The Polee family is something of basketball royalty in L.A. as Polee, Sr. was also a high school sensation and named the City Section Player of the Year too, before going on to star at Pepperdine. He also played briefly for the L.A. Clippers. His family undoubtedly has close ties with Coach Floyd, and he would be a steal this late in the process. Also, if Polee were to recruit, it would help UTEP get a nice swipe at former rival, New Mexico, as the Lobos reportedly were recruiting him hard. Now, it appears the Lobos are out of the mix.

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