Kruger locks up 3 high schoolers, 2 juco transfers

Updated: November 11, 2004, 6:13 PM ET
Associated Press

LAS VEGAS -- UNLV basketball coach Lon Kruger got virtually every player his team needed on the first day of early signing for the 2005 season.

Five recruits signed national letters of intent to play for the Runnin' Rebels.

The Rebels got commitments Wednesday from Jovan Adams of Gulf Shores Academy high school in Houston and forward Davon Jefferson from Lynwood High School in California.

Also signed were shooting guard Wendell White from Antelope Valley College in Lancaster, Calif.; center Gaston Essengue of Weatherford, Texas, who played last year at Compton Community College in California; and forward Joe Darger of Riverton High School in Utah.

"These recruits have a great desire to be here and have a great work ethic," Kruger said. "They have a willingness to get better."

The Rebels still have one scholarship available for 2005.

Kruger, a former Atlanta Hawks coach, is in the first year of a five-year contract as successor to Charlie Spoonhour, who stepped down for health reasons in February after an 18-13 season.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press