Eric Mussleman

Eric Mussleman

Saturday, 09 February 2019 16:45

Pack Celebrates Black History Month

In the game today against New Mexico, the Pack will be celebrating Black History Month. 

We take pride in celebrating Black History and trying to honor and continue to the legacies of those who came before us. 

In hopes to have the Nevada community do the same, we wil be giving away Black History Month t-shirts to the first 1,200 students who attend the game. 

As a program, we gave each of our players time to speak in front of the team on what Black History Month means to them. Our players take pride in the month and are excited to honor past and present leaders with their play on the court today. 

We hope to have Lawlor rocking today as we are set to face the only team that has beaten us this season in New Mexico. Go Pack!

Friday, 08 February 2019 16:47

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. 

 

Thursday, 07 February 2019 18:38

Historic Night For Caroline in Fort Collins

With the 98-82 win against Colorado State, the Pack improved to 22-1 and Jordan Caroline made history. 

With the most impressive offensive performance in the Mountain West this year, Caroline recorded 40 points and 12 rebounds. This marked his 41st double-double in Mountain West play, which is the most in conference history.

His performance propelled him past Mountain West greats Kawhi Leonard and Andrew Bogut. Both of these players have had outstanding careers in the NBA and are both NBA Champons. 

To have Jordan's name mentioned with the caliber of players such as Leonard and Bogut speaks volume to the type of player that he is. Caroline has established himself as one of the most decorated players in Mountain West history and one of the best players in the country this season. 

Wednesday, 06 February 2019 05:56

Pack Players Honored On Late Season Award Lists

With the success that the Wolf Pack has had this season so far, it has brought individual attention to our players. Three Pack players have been named to late season watch lists for two different awards. 

Jordan Caroline and Caleb Martin have been named to the Wooden Award late season top 20 watch list. The John R. Wooden award is the most recognized individual honor in college hoops. The award winner is viewed as the best player in college basketball by their performance on the court while also being a quality student in the classroom. 

Nevada is one of only four schools that has two representaitives on this list. Tennessee, Duke and Virginia are the other three schools. 

Cody Martin is the other Pack player who is being recognized at this point in the season. The senior point guard has been named a top 10 finalist for the Cousy Award. 

Caleb hs also been honored as a top 10 finalist for the Julius Erving Award. The award honors college basketball's top small forward. 

The Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award has honored the best point guard in college basketball for the past 15 years. 

All three of our senior leaders are well deserving of the individual recognition after leading the Wolf Pack to a 21-1 record and #6 rank in the country. We know that Jordan, Cody and Caleb will continue to push our team every day in order for us to reach our goals at the end of the season. 

Sunday, 03 February 2019 17:53

Cody Martin Reaches 1,000 Point Milestone

With the 93-73 win over Boise State in front of the best fans in college basketball, Cody Martin surpassed 1,000 points for his career. 

The senior leader reaches this accolade after being known for his unselfish play on the floor. It is only right that he reached the milestone while having one of his most efficienct overall games on the year with 21 points shooting 8 of 11 from the field, 2 of 3 from three point range and adding 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 7 assists. 

Since Cody has arrived in Reno, he has been one of the leading forces that has made Nevada Basketball a nationally recognized program. 

We want to thank Cody for al his has done for the program and congragulate him on reaching 1,000 points for his career. We cannot think of a more deserving player to achieve this than him.

Saturday, Febrary 2nd, Coach Musselman and Nevada Men’s Basketball will be joining Coaching for Literacy (CFL) in their inaugural partnership to raise awareness about the issue of illiteracy in America and to provide support for young children struggling to read in Reno.

Fight for Literacy Games are a great way to bring coaches, players, and fans together in a common cause: ensuring our children can read. 

To raise awareness about the issues connected to illiteracy, the Nevada coaching staff will wear CFL polos, green lapel pins, and wristbands.

Per the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), 69% of 4th graders in Nevada are not proficient in reading. Nevada Men’s Basketball is doing its part to help change the stat and encouraging fans to get involved in the cause.

Fans can support young students in Reno by pledging a donation for each assist recorded by the Wolf Pack from 2.2 - 2.16. To make a pledge today visit: www.pledgeit.org/wolfpackforliteracy

Coaching for Literacy guarantees that 100% of funds raised will benefit children who take part in the literacy programming of UNR Center for Learning and Literacy in Reno.

Fans are also encouraged to sign up to volunteer in Reno by visiting coachingforliteracy.kindful.com/register/volunteer.  

We are excited for this event and encourage fans to come to the game and donate in support for such a great cause!

Sunday, 27 January 2019 17:27

Pack Players Receive Sweet 16 Rings

Before practice yesterday, Pack players received their Sweet 16 rings from last season. 

Pack players returning from last year's historic run consist of Caleb and Cody Martin, Jordan Caroline, Lindsey Drew, David Cunningham, Corey Henson, Nisre Zouzoua, Jazz Johnson and Tre Thurman. 

The roles of each of these players had a huge impact on the success that the program had last season, along with the players who graduated from our program. 

We made sure that the rings reflected all the hard work and sacrifice that Pack players made in order for us accomplish our goals last season. 

We hope that these rings motivate our players to continue working hard in order to get another ring this year!

Friday, 25 January 2019 16:44

Alan Stein Visits the Pack

World renowned speaker, author and coach, Alan Stein, visited the Pack yesterday to speak with our team. 

Alan told our players multiple stories of his time working with superstar athletes such as Kobe Bryant and Kevin Durant. The theme of his stories consisted around the importance of having a tremendous work ethic with everything that you do in order to seperate yourself from others. He referenced his experience with Kobe Bryant and how he would wake up at 4am to start his first workout of the day to get ahead of the compeition. The little things that the best athletes in the world do is what seperates them from the rest of those in their field. 

Stein also emphasized the importance of being great in your role. There are many different roles on a team and whichever role you fall into, it is your job to be great at it in order for your team to suceed at a high level. 

The motivation that Alan instilled in our players was just what we needed going into this final stretch of the regular season. We hope his words allow our guys to re-focus and lock in on what we hope to accomplish here in the next few months.

We want to thank Alan for stopping by and spending his day speaking with the Pack!

Thursday, 24 January 2019 17:01

Musselman Reaches 100th Win Milestone

With the win last night against Colorado State the Pack improves to 19-1 and Coach Musselman improves to 100-33 for his career. 

The 100th win milestone comes to Coach Muss at the fastest rate in Mountain West History. What a night for the pack to score 100 points on the night Coach Muss gets his 100th win. 

His 100 wins comes with an impressive winning percentage of 76.9% in 4 years as a head coach. His winning percentage ranks 4th all time amongst active NCAA coaches.

Year after year Coach Muss has made strides with the program. After inheriting a 9-22 team, he led the program to 24 wins and a CBI Tournament championship. After that season, it was an NCAA Tournament and then history was made in his most recent season. Reaching the Sweet 16 with two historical comebacks, he has solidified Nevada as a nationally recognized program this season. 

We want to congragulate Coach Muss on reaching this milestone and for everything he has done by bringing a prominent basketball program to the university and Northern Nevada. 

Monday, 21 January 2019 16:58

Mike Lewis II Joins the Pack

Nevada Basketball is excited to add Duquesne transfer Mike Lewis II to our program. Lewis, a 6'1 185 point guard started 72 of 76 games for Duquesne. 

Lewis averaged 14.4 points per game his sophomore season and is just 21 points shy of 1,000 for his career. During his freshman season, he was named to the Atlantic 10 All Rookie Team and scored in double figures a team-high 24 times. 

The St. Louis native played at Chaminade College Preporatory School where he won a Class 5 state championship. 

Mike brings a wealth of basketball experience and success with him and it is evident from the time he stepped on campus that he will have a huge impact to our program through his experience, work ethic and leadership.

Welcome home, Mike! 

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