Rice Owls transfer Marquez Letcher-Ellis has committed to play for Nevada, a source told FanRag Sports on Tuesday.
When Mike Rhoades left Rice to take the VCU gig, the Owls had a handful of players request to transfer out of the program. It is not uncommon when a transition at the head coaching position happens that players leave in mass.
As a senior in high school, Letcher-Ellis averaged 6.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game.
During the 2015-16 college basketball season, he played all 32 games for Rice. By the time the campaign was over, he averaged 10.2 points and was second on the team with 5.0 rebounds.
For the 2016-17 season, Letcher-Ellis played in all 35 games for the Owls. He would also end up starting in 15 of those. By the time it was all said and done, he averaged 7.7 points and was third on the team with 4.9 rebounds per contest.
As for Nevada, the team went 28-7 during the season. The program earned an invite to the NCAA Tournament, but lost to the Iowa State Cyclones in the first-round of the Big Dance.
Rice was coming off its best season in years, but is starting over with Scott Pera.
Jon Rothstein has been a college basketball insider for CBS Sports since 2010 and is the lead college basketball columnist for the FanRag Sports Network. He is also the host of the College Hoops Today Podcast via Compass Media Networks, which is available via iTunes. Rothstein is also a regular in-studio correspondent for both WFAN and CBS Sports Radio. He currently lives in Manhattan.