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Galena High alum Moses Wood becomes 10th UNLV player to hit transfer portal

Moses Wood
Moses Wood is looking for his third college after putting his name in the NCAA transfer portal. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Moses Wood is on the hunt for his third college after entering the transfer portal Wednesday night.

The Galena High product played for UNLV last season as a part-time starter and is the 10th scholarship player to announce his attention to transfer in a turbulent offseason for the Rebels, who lost coach T.J. Otzelberger to Iowa State and promoted his assistant, Kevin Kruger, to head coach.

As a redshirt sophomore, Wood played in 27 games with eight starts last season. He averaged 6.1 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.0 blocks in 22.2 minutes per game. The 6-foot-8 wing player shot 43.1 percent from the field, including 36.6 percent from three.

Wood began his college career at Tulane where he averaged 4.5 points and 3.2 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game as a true freshman. He became one of the first players to sign at UNLV after Otzelberger was hired following the firing of his Greenwave coach, Mike Dunleavy.

Wood, who used his redshirt season in 2019-20, reached double figures in scoring eight times last year and had a game-winning block in an upset of Utah State, the Rebels' best win of the season. Wood scored 16 and 13 points in two games at Nevada, his two highest of the year against Division I competition.

Since the NCAA granted all winter-sport athletes an additional year of eligibility due to the pandemic, Wood has three seasons of eligibility remaining but doesn't have a redshirt season. The NCAA is poised to pass the one-time transfer allowance this week, according to multiple reports, which would allow all men's basketball players to transfer without having to sit out a season if it is their first time transferring. Since Wood is transferring for a second time, that legislation wouldn't apply to him. Unless he received a waiver for immediate eligibility, a possibility given his head coaches left the program at both Tulane and UNLV, Wood would have to sit out next year while using one of his years of eligibility.

Wood's exit adds to the historic exodus of players out of UNLV. The team has lost 10 of its 13 scholarship players to transfers, a list that includes Bryce Hamilton, David Jenkins, Mbacke Diong, Devin Tillis, Caleb Grill, Donavan Yap, Jhaylon Martinez, Edoardo Del Cadia, Isaac Lindsey. Six of those players have found new schools, including Jenkins (Utah), Grill (Iowa State), Tillis (UC Irvine), Yap (Fresno State), Martinez (UC Riverside) and Lindsey (Wisconsin, as a walk-on).

UNLV returns only three scholarship players from last year's roster, including Marvin Coleman, Nick Blake and Reece Brown. Kruger has added four transfers from the Power 5 level with the additions of Donovan Williams (Texas), Victor Iwuakor (Oklahoma), Royce Hamm (Texas) and Jordan McCabe (West Virginia).

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