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At least six Rebels expected to play is Desert Reign ProCity League

Newcomers Jelan Kendrick and Kendall Smith are among the Rebels slated to appear in games starting next week


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Savon Goodman, left, talks with DaQuan Cook during the Desert Reign summer league Tuesday, July 10, 2012.

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Anthony Marshall drives to the basket during the Desert Reign league game Wednesday, June 20, 2012. Launch slideshow »

Fans don’t have to wait until fall to get a look at the newest Rebels basketball players.

The second season of the Desert Reign ProCity League tips off Tuesday, and at least six current UNLV players are slated to play, including freshman Kendall Smith and junior transfer Jelan Kendrick. The games, which will be played weekdays at 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Grant Sawyer Middle School, will also feature Rebels junior Roscoe Smith and sophomores Savon Goodman, Demetris Morant and Daquan Cook playing alongside some other current or former college players.

The event is NCAA certified, meaning that players who could still be considered recruitable student-athletes may not participate. Recent grads, though, are eligible, and recent Rebel alum Quintrell Thomas will do just that, playing alongside other former college players like Darington Hobson (New Mexico) as well as incoming players like Bishop Gorman’s Rashaad Muhammad (San Jose State).

Last year, the UNLV participants included then-seniors Anthony Marshall and Justin Hawkins, as well as Khem Birch, Katin Reinhardt, Goodman, Morant and Cook.

In general, not every player will be at every game, but since there are so many college and pro basketball players working out in town, it’s always possible some of them will drop in for a game. And because not every new Rebel is already on campus, it’s still possible there could be one or two newcomers who play in a game or two.

Games are schedule to be played on June 18-19, 25-26, July 1-3, 9-11. Admission is free with seating on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or taylor.bern@lasvegassun.com. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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