The Pack's Emphasis on Player Development

The Pack's Emphasis on Player Development

Since Eric Musselman was named the head coach of the Nevada Wolf Pack in 2015, he knew that player development was what he wanted his program to be known for. Immediately going after transfers, he used their time sitting out to focus on what he knew would bring the program success, player development. 

First, he went after Southern Illinois freshman Jordan Caroline. We are now 4 years later and Jordan Caroline is a household name in college basketball. He went from averaging 9.2 ppg at Southern Illinois to being a finalist for the John R. Wooden Award which recognizes college basketball's best player. He is currently averaging 19.3 ppg and 10 rebounds and has Nevada as the #6 national ranked team in the country. Along side of Caroline sitting out was Missouri State transfer Marcus Marshall. Marshall averaged 19.7 points per game after his sit out year and was named Mountain West Newcomer of the Year and Mountain West All Tournament Team. 

While Caroline and Marshall were finally playing at Nevada, sitting out due to transfer rules were Caleb and Cody Martin, Hallice Cooke and Kendall Stephens. All four of them came from Power 5 conference schools and were focusing on developing their game during the year they had to sit out. The workouts daily with our coaching staff helped mold them into the players that we needed them to be in order to succeed the following year. The success that came was a Sweet 16 appearance that brought Nevada to a national stage. Looking at present time, both Hallice and Kendall are playing professionally overseas and the Martin Twins are known as 2 of the best players in college basketball today.

Cody is a finalist for the Bob Cousy Award which recognizes the games best Point Guard. Caleb, a 1st Team All-American, is up for the John R. Wooden Award as college basketball's best player, the Julius Irving Award as the game's best small forward on the Oscar Robertson Trophy watch list, Lute Olseon Award watch list, Naismith Award watch list and NABC Player of the Year watch list this season. Cody has improved his game drastically from his time at North Carolina State where he averaged just 5.1 points and 1.9 assists per game. At Nevada, he has improved 13 ppg, 5.5 rebounds and 4.9 assists whil shooting 51% from the field. 

Player development is the key component to the success of our program and we will continue to develop players in order for us to succeed while also providing them with the best opportunity to continue to play at the professional level once they are done with their college career.