September 21, 2010

Hinds impressed with first trip to Las Vegas

UNLV received an official visit from their primary target this past
weekend. Point guard Jabarie
Hinds
of Mount Vernon, New York took the first of his four planned visits
over the next few weeks.


Because of the numerous AAU summer tournaments, most high school basketball
players are very familiar with Las Vegas. But for Hinds, this visit was
his first.


"This was my first time in Las Vegas and I liked it a alot. They
aren't kidding when they say it's the city that never sleeps. But that's
something I would be able to handle."


UNLV was the first of four official visits for the point guard. Hinds
said his next official visit will be to UCLA (Friday, September 24th) .
That will be followed up by trips to UConn and West Virginia. Those four
schools round out his top four, but he said there is currently no
leader.


"The visit was great, UNLV impressed me a lot. But I want to go
through the process before I make my final decision. Hopefully nobody
signs at UNLV before I take my other visits," said Hinds. "I
plan on making my choice before my season starts, as soon as my official visits
are finished."


Hinds also admitted that UNLV's current situation, which affords ample and
immediate playing time at the point guard position, is attractive to him.


As for some specifics about the visit, Hinds said he was impressed with Las
Vegas as a city as well as the Thomas and Mack Center.


"I was able to tour the Thomas and Mack Center. It's really
huge. I was able to see all the pictures of the old Rebels and all of the
events that go on there. It would be a really nice place to play
basketball."


Besides just "hanging out" and getting to know the current team on
a more personal level, Hinds went to Coach Kruger's house for dinner with the
entire group.


"Anthony Marshall and Quintrell (Thomas) hosted me, but I spent a lot of
time with the whole team," said Hinds. "I was able to watch them
work too," he added. "I really liked Oscar, Chase and Mike
(Moser). They're going to have a really good team."


The 2,500-plus miles separating Mount Vernon, New York and Las Vegas may be
intimidating to some, but not for Hinds.


"The distance from home isn't a big deal to me. It's not even a
consideration. I'm going to play wherever I'm most comfortable. At
the end of the day, you just have to play."




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