Despite growing interest from schools around the country, 2009 prospect Carlos Lopez of Henderson (Nev.) Findlay Prep has ended his recruitment with a pledge to nearby UNLV.
A skilled 6-foot-10, 200-pound forward originally from Puerto Rico, Lopez was receiving serious interest from the likes of Texas, Florida, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, SMU, Gonzaga and Oklahoma. But after an unofficial visit to UNLV, Lopez was convinced to be a Runnin' Rebel.
"Carlos really liked seeing UNLV play this year," said Findlay Prep assistant coach Todd Simon. "He was impressed by the chemistry of the program and the way the coaches and players interacted. It is a family setting there similar to our program. And Coach Kruger does a phenomenal job developing his players and getting the most out of them."
Playing a reserve role for a talented and senior dominant Findlay team, Lopez averaged ten points and five rebounds per game. Next year Lopez will be a focal point of the Findlay attack.
"He will be one of our go to guys," said Simon. "He is a player we will build things around. We feel he has the potential to be a franchise guy when he fills out. He is skilled as a ball handler and shooter and is tough and aggressive inside as well."
Lopez is also a member of the Puerto Rican U-19 national team and joins Justin Hawkins as the secon 2009 UNLV commitment.