To compete with the best teams in the Mountain West, UNLV needs to add talented wing players. Head coach Marvin Menzies has acknowledged that reality on several occasions, and the incoming class he recruited for 2018 is proof that he’s taking the problem seriously.
Sharp-shooting guard Bryce Hamilton is the headliner of the Rebels’ freshman class, and swingman Joel Ntambwe brings versatility as a perimeter ball-handler and defender. Now the question is, what can UNLV expect from Trey Woodbury?
For a high-profile local prospect, Woodbury isn’t entering college surrounded by the kind of hype you’d expect. That’s mostly due to his lost senior season, as a disagreement with his coach at Clark led to Woodbury being dismissed from the team after playing just a handful of games in 2017-18. As far as the recruiting sites were concerned, it was out of sight, out of mind. When Woodbury committed to UNLV in July of 2017, Rivals rated him as 4-star prospect and the No. 101 player in the class; almost exactly a year later, he is now an unranked 3-star recruit.
That shouldn’t diminish UNLV fans’ excitement. Despite the rankings, Woodbury appears to be a unique offensive player who should be able to make an impact as a Rebel.
Woodbury’s biggest strength is his shooting touch. After watching five of his high school games (some from early in the 2017-18 season, some from late 2016-17), it’s clear that he has the potential to be an elite outside shooter at the college level.
In the five-game sample, Woodbury made 13-of-30 from 3-point range (43.3 percent) and 11-of-14 from the free-throw line (78.6 percent), and those results weren’t a fluke — Woodbury’s shot is rock solid.
He possesses a compact stroke that he can speed up when his shot is contested or when he is shooting off the dribble (he likes to take one quick dribble to his right, usually around a screen, and pull up). When he’s spotting up for an open shot, he takes his time and looks like a prototypical knock-down shooterWoodbury’s movement without the ball is brilliant. He is rarely standing still on offense — if he's not open, he cuts and flares randomly to create space. He is at his most dangerous in the instant just after he throws a pass. While his defender relaxes, Woodbury is already cutting to the next spot and creating open shots for himself and his teammates: