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Andy Wittry | NCAA.com | January 2, 2018

Meet Brandon McCoy, the stellar freshman powering the Rebels' resurgence

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.

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