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UNLV Guard Keshon Gilbert To Transfer to Iowa State

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Keshon Gilbert has committed to transfer to Iowa State from UNLV, per multiple reports, giving the Cyclones another guard to build around next season.

Gilbert played two seasons at UNLV, joining the program as Iowa State coach T.J. Otelberger was leaving the Runnin’ Rebels to take over the Cyclones. Gilbert, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 11.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.2 steals last season. He shot 38 percent from the 3-point line.


Gilbert, out of St. Louis, Mo., was signed by Otzelberger at UNLV in 2020 and honored the commitment, even though Otzelberger left to take the Iowa State job in 2021.

The Cyclones are coming off a 19-14 season in 2022-23, one that saw them improve their Big 12 record from Year 1 to Year 2 under Otzelberger but ended with a first-round NCAA Tournament loss to Pitt. In that game, the Cyclones scored just 41 points.

The Cyclones’ roster features a lot of flux this offseason. Guard Caleb Grill was dismissed from the program in March and is in the transfer portal. Forward Aljaz Kunc, guard Jaren Holmes, forward Osun Osunniyi and guard Gabe Kalscheur are out of eligibility.

Forward Robert Jones has already announced he will use his COVID waiver. Same goes for forward Tre King, who became a starter late last season. Guard Hason Ward should be back after transferring in from VCU before last season with two years of eligibility.

Gilbert joins a backcourt that also includes returning starter Tamin Lipsey, Demarion Watson and Jeremiah Williams, the latter two of which will vie for more playing time. Forward Conrad Hawley is also expected back.


The only Cyclone in the transfer portal is guard Eli King.

The Cyclones have also put together one of the best recruiting classes in program history, the second full recruiting cycle under Otzelberger. The class was ranked No. 6 at the time of signing by and features a five-star player in Omaha Billew, a 6-foot-8 forward from Waukee, Iowa. It’s No. 7 as of March 19, by the way.

The other three players were Top 200 players nationally — forward Milan Momcilovic (No. 32), guard Jelani Hamilton (No. 130) and forward Kayden Fish (No. 175).

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