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Mike Moser returning to UNLV

Mountain West Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals Wyoming v UNLV

LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 08: Mike Moser #43 of the UNLV Rebels drives ahead of JayDee Luster #1 of the Wyoming Cowboys during a quarterfinal game of the Conoco Mountain West Conference Basketball tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center March 8, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. UNLV won 56-48. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

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Mike Moser has decided to return to UNLV for his junior season.

The 6-foot-8 forward averaged 14.0 ppg and 10.5 rpg in his first season with the Rebels. Moser transferred in after spending one season at UCLA.

“I went through the process, talked with my mom, my AAU coach and coach Rice and the staff at UNLV,” Moser said. “We looked at all of my options, and in the end I decided it would be best for me to stay in school. We have a great team coming back and a great fan base. I believe in our program and I love playing in Las Vegas and for UNLV.”

Moser probably would have been a second round pick had he left this season, but with his versatility on both ends of the floor, he has a shot to play his way into the first round of the 2013 draft.

This is big news for UNLV, as the Rebels look like they will have a shot at being very, very good next season.

Moser will be joined up front by junior Carlos Lopez, Pitt transfer Khem Birch and USC transfer Bryce Jones. The back court will consist of Anthony Marshall, Reggie Smith, Justin Hawkins and freshman Katin Reinhardt. That’s a solid core.

Rob Dauster is the editor of the college basketball website Ballin’ is a Habit. You can find him on twitter @robdauster.