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Arthur Kaluma:  UNLV Basketball lands 2021 Power Forward


Arthur Kaluma commits to the UNLV Rebels


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2021 Dream City Christian power forward Arthur Kaluma announced Thursday evening that he is committing to playing his college basketball career at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kaluma had narrowed his decision to a final 8 teams, with Arizona State, Arkansas, Kansas, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Texas A&M, UNLV, and the University of Southern California. Kaluma is headed into his senior year at Dream City Christian High School in Glendale, Arizona. This 6’8 power forward is a huge pickup for the Rebels and head coach TJ Oltzelberger.

Kaluma has become one of the top prospects being pursued, and for a while now, UNLV has been the projected favorite. Everyone that predicted that was correct. He is now the highest-ranked player on the Rebels roster. Kaluma is a unique power forward as he has exceptional playmaking ability. His on-court vision for a power forward is phenomenal and one that the Rebels will look forward to seeing a lot of during his years in scarlet and grey. He can create his shot when he needs to and tracks the ball well, rebounding efficiently both on offense and defense.

He has great size, athleticism, and length that will let him shine on the defensive side as well. He can defend all positions, 1 through 5, which is huge for UNLV as they were not a great defensive team a year ago. It is unknown if Kaluma will 100% have a senior season for his high school, but regardless he is ready to train and continue to get better and in shape to take on the toughest teams in the Mountain West Conference.

The Rebels are keeping most of the same roster from a year ago, only graduating one senior, so Kaluma will jump in with a team that already has some chemistry, and he should be able to fit in with his newest teammates.


UNLV will pair him nicely with a couple of other commits as well.


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Keshon Gibson, a three-star guard, and four-star point guard Zaon Collins have already committed to the Rebels. Both of them are Las Vegas locals. Collins, who goes to Bishop Gorman High School, may have played a big role in Kaluma’s decision to come to UNLV.

Those two are really good friends. Arthur Kaluma actually left his AAU team in Texas to play for Vegas Elite in the summer with Zaon. However, the pandemic situation, unfortunately, prevented that from happening. Now it looks like those two will have many years playing together on the Rebels. Collins was the Rebels’ top prospect going into this season, and they were able to get him to commit.

Now the Rebels will be adding one of his best friends and a top 40 recruit. This duo could quickly become one of the best in the entire Mountain West Conference and would be big for the foundation that coach Otzelberger wants to set for the Rebels from which to build.

It is a big day for the Rebels and their fans as the commitment of Kaluma will be one of the top commits of the class. UNLV may not have the same track record in the previous seasons as some of these other teams that were on Kaluma, such as Kansas, Syracuse, and Oklahoma. However, TJ Otzelberger is building something special here in Las Vegas, and Arthur Kaluma will be a big piece for this Rebels’ team to continue to take positive strides forward and get back to their championship ways.


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