Just 14 games into the 2017-18 college basketball season, UNLV has already matched its win total from last season. The Rebels (11-3) have quickly turned around from their 11-21 finish a year ago and freshman Brandon McCoy is a big reason why.

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The 7-foot freshman forward from Chicago leads the team in points (18.7), rebounds (10.9) and blocks (1.6) per game. McCoy has 10 double-doubles in 14 games, including a 25-point, 18-rebound performance in his college debut.

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McCoy has been incredibly efficient as a shooter, making 61.3 percent of his field goal attempts. He has made at least half of his shots in all but two games this season.

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Thanks to his size and athleticism, McCoy is one of the best rebounders in the country. He ranks as a top-65 rebounder on the offensive and defensive end, according to the advanced statistics website kenpom.com. UNLV doesn't have a resume on the level of fellow West Coast teams Arizona State, Arizona and Gonzaga, but McCoy is one of the best individual talents in that half of the country.

Andy Wittry has written for SI.com, Sporting News, the Indianapolis Star, Louisville Courier-Journal and Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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