Criswell and Pinkney visit Reno

Criswell and Pinkney visit Reno

We at Nevada believe we have the greatest fans and support system in the country.  It's not just the fans though. It's also the former Pack players that laid down the ground work for what Nevada basketball is today.  Pack players have been blessed with appearances from several former players including Ramon Sessions, Luke Babbitt, Marcelus Kemp and even current Pack staff members Armon Johnson and Todd Okeson. This week former Pack players Tyron Criswell and Kevinn Pinkney graced us with their presence. Both former players spoke to the current team about their time at the University of Nevada, their career paths after Nevada Hoops and how proud they are of the team and give all their support. Criswell and Pinkney did not leave out the fact that every day and every game is goin to be a challenge for the Pack and all players should give max effort daily and leave it all on the floor. 

"The former players are always welcome and will always be a part of the family," Eric Musselman stated. "Each player has their individual stories and unique journeys that led them to Nevada. It's great for our players to hear these things and hear how hard life is after basketball but it can be extremely rewarding if you put in the time and effort to work hard and also build relationships along the way. Our doors will always be open for these guys!"

Tyron Criswell was part of the 2015-16 CBI Championship team from coach Musselman's first season at Nevada. The Omaha, Nebrask native played two seasons at Nevada after transferring from junior college. Criswell was named MVP of the College Basketball Invitational after averaging 21.3 points, eight rebounds and 3.3 assists in the finals series. He helped the Pack become the first Mountain West and Nevada team to win a postseason championship as the Wolf Pack captured the CBI. In six CBI games Tyron averaged 19.2 points, 6.5 rebounds and 2.8 assists. The Mountain West media also selected him as the Sixth Man of the Year in 2016. After completing his eligibility, Tyron had opportunities in the NBA Development league and overseas. 

Kevinn Pinkney was a member of the Wolf Pack's 2004 Sweet 16 berth and has embarked on a impressive 13 year professional career since. His 13 year professional playing career has consisted of a stint with the Boston Celtics in 2007, the same year he was named an NBA D-League All-Statr. He has played overseas in numerous countries making a name for himself. In 2017 he played in the TBT for Team ALS and helped lead them to the championship game in which the winner took home $2 million prize. On top of his basketball career, Kevinn has established himself as a prominent business man in Reno specializing in real estate. 

We want to thank both Tyron and Kevinn for stoppig by and sharing their stories with Pack players.