Eric Mussleman

Eric Mussleman

I grew up in New York and lived there for 34 years until I got divorced and moved 1600 miles to my new home in Texas.  I love New York and miss it but that does not mean that Texas hasn’t been great to me because it has.  It was here that I discovered endurance sports and specifically the sport of triathlon.  Triathlon has given me new life through all the challenges it presents.  I no longer look at life the same way and I can say that is in part due to my endeavor into this sport.

David Fizdale, who was an assistant with Coach Muss for the Warriors in 2003-2004 and current Head Coach of the Ney York Knicks, had some words regarding communication that Pack players needed to hear. 

Fizdale stated that his players were not “echoing” the call late in games when Madison Square Garden gets loud and this resulted in them lacking organization closing out games. When a play call is made, every player on the floor should be echoing the call so 5 guys are on the same page and can go out and execute. 

We emphasize to Pack players that there is no such thing as over-communicating. We want out players to be constantly talking and echoing calls throughout the entire game. Lawlor is going to be loud this year with close games down the stretch and our team need to organize and execute our sets in order to win games. Communication is so important throughout the entire game, especially down the stretch. 

Thursday, 01 November 2018 16:01

Shooting Details with Coach Muss

Coach Muss stopped practice yesterday to make sure Pack players understand the importance of the details when shooting. More specifically, he talked about shot preparation. Making sure that you are shot ready with your knees bent and hands ready is so important. Upon the arrival of the pass, you need to be ready to shoot the ball.

Consistency is also important when shooting. Your form needs to be the exact same with every single rep. We want game like shots. Pack players should be locked in and mentally putting themselves in a game.

The challenge for many players in translating your spot shooting into game situations when you are on the move or coming off a screen. In order to do this, your repititions must be game speed. Muss referenced some of the best shooters in NBA history such as Reggie Miller, Jason Terry and Kyle Korver. Pack players can learn from their work ethic and studying film on them. 

It is very important to hold your players accountable to these details while shooting in practice.  

Thursday, 25 October 2018 17:28

Throwback Game Friday at Virginia Street Gym

Nevada Basketball's annual Throwback Game is this Friday, October 26th. The game will start at 7pm and will be held at the Virginia Street Gym. The Wolf Pack will be facing Division II opponent San Fransisco State. 

The Throwback Game is a fun night where we give our repsect to the past. The players will be wearing our new Adidas throwback uniforms and the coaching staff will be dressed for the throwback theme as well. 

We encourage fans to dress up in their favorite throwback attire. There will be an award for the person who is dressed in the best costume.  

Tickets are $25 and will not be avaiable for purchase at the door and the ticket office will be closed on Friday due to Nevada Day. We anitcipiate a sell out and would highly recommend buying your ticket in advance. UNR students will be admitted free with a student ID.

Come out and support the Pack in our last exhibition game before the season officially starts!

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Saturday, 20 October 2018 00:07

Washington vs Nevada Preview

Washington will be in town on Sunday to Face the Wolf Pack in an exhibition game to benefit those affected by the Carr Wild Fire. The Huskies are an NCAA Tournament caliber team and return their top players while bringing in an impressive recruiting class.

A few of their top returners are Noah Dickerson, who is on the Karl Malone Award watch list. Prolific scorer, Jaylen Nowell, was honored by being on the watch list for the Jerry West Award. Also, on the watch list for the Julius Erving Award is Matisse Thybulle. These awards recognize college basketball’s best power forward, shooting guard, and small forward respectively. 

Joining their players on the watch lists, we have Jordan Brown on the radar for the Karl Malone Award, Cody Martin for the Bob Cousy Award as the best point guard in college basketball, and Caleb Martin for the Julius Erving Award. 

Last year the Huskies went 21-13 last year and played postseason games in the National Invitation Tournament. They are picked to finish amongst the top teams of the PAC-12 and make a run at being selected in the NCAA Tournament.   

The game on Sunday has an NCAA Tournament feel and will be a great test for the Wolf Pack before starting regular season play. 

Hope to see Pack fans in Lawlor on Sunday at 3:00pm to support Nevada Basketball!

Thursday, 18 October 2018 16:24

Jordan Brown on Karl Malone Award watch list

University of Nevada freshman Jordan Brown has been selected as 1 of 20 college basketball players on the Karl Malone Award watch list. The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame gives this award to the top power forward in the country. Brown was also recently named the Mountain West Conference Preseason Freshman of the year.

A double-double machine Brown averaged 22.7 points and 10.5 rebounds his freshman year, 26.7 and 15 rebounds as a sophomore and capped that with 26.3 points and 15.8 points per game in his junior year at Woodcreek High School in Roseville, Calif.  In his only season at Prolific Prep he once again produced a double-double averaging 23.5 points and 13.1 rebounds per game.  Brown averaged 25.3 points, 13.8 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game per game in his three seasons at Woodcreek HS.

"This is a huge accomplishment for Jordan and would be for any freshman in the country," said Eric Musselman. "The fact that he hasn't played a college basketball game but is already getting accolades speaks major volumes. Jordan is a hard worker and will continue to prove that he belongs amongst the best players in college basketball. We are proud of Jordan and can't wait for Wolf Pack nation and the rest of the country to see what he's all about."

Twenty Candidates Announced for the Basketball Hall of Fame’s

2019 Karl Malone Award

Top Collegiate Power Forwards Named to Watch List for the “Naismith Starting 5”

Springfield, Mass. (Oct. 18, 2018) — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 20 watch list members for the 2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award. Named after Class of 2010 Hall of Famer and two-time NBA Most Valuable Player Karl Malone, the annual honor in itsfifth year recognizes the top power forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprising top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

“We are privileged to annually present an award bearing the name of Karl Malone, a truly gifted player and an exemplary teammate,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “The young men on the watch list for this, and other awards in the Naismith Starting 5, should be extremely proud, and we look forward to watching them compete throughout the upcoming season.”

Karl Malone attended Louisiana Tech University due to its close proximity to his hometown of Summerfield, Louisiana. He led the Bulldogs to a Sweet 16 appearance and earned All-Southland honors in his three seasons while averaging 18.7 points and 9.3 rebounds per game. Malone achieved great success during his 19 seasons in the NBA as a 14-time NBA All-Star (1988-98, 2000-02), 11-time All-NBA First Team player (1989-99) and a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team. He also won two Olympic gold medals (1992, 1996).

By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Malone and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2019 Karl Malone Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 12, 2019, along with the other four members of the Naismith Starting 5. Additional awards being presented and receiving support from Eaton Ephesus Lighting include the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award, the Jerry West Shooting Guard Award, the Julius Erving Small Forward Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Award. Broadcast information will be released by ESPN at a later date.

Previous winners of the Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award include Deandre Ayton, Arizona (2018), Johnathan Motley, Baylor (2017), Georges Niang, Iowa State (2016) and Montrezl Harrell, Louisville (2015).

For more information and the latest updates on the 2019 Karl Malone Award, log onto www.hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall and #MaloneAward on Twitter and Instagram.

2019 Karl Malone Power Forward of the Year Award Candidates

Yoeli Childs BYU

Zion Williamson Duke

Juwan Morgan Indiana

Dedric Lawson Kansas

Dean Wade Kansas St

Reid Travis Kentucky

P.J. Washington Kentucky

Jordan Murphy Minnesota

Jordan Brown Nevada

Luke Maye North Carolina

Drew McDonald Northern Kentucky

Chris Silva South Carolina

Mike Daum South Dakota State

Grant Williams Tennessee

Devontae Cacok UNCW

Bennie Boatwright USC

Simisola Shittu Vanderbilt

Eric Paschall Villanova

Noah Dickerson Washington

Sagaba Konate West Virginia

*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2018-19 season*

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:21

Caleb Martin on Julius Erving Award watch list

Nevada Wolf Pack senior Caleb Martin has be named to the Julius Erving Award Watch List which is given to the Top Collegiate Small Forward. Martin is coming off of a stellar season in which he averaged 18.9 points, 5.4 rebounds, and was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year and Newcomer of the Year.  Caleb also helped the Wolf Pack reach the Sweet Sixteen of the NCAA tournament. Caleb was also recently named the Mountain West Conference Preseason Player of the Year for the 2018-19 season. 

"Although this is a preseason award, it's still a major accomplish for Caleb and for our program," Eric Musselman stated.  "Our guys work extremely hard every day and Caleb has been a major leader for our team. He leads by example with his work ethic and performance and deserves all of the accolades he has received. We look forward to a great year for Caleb and our program."

 

2019 Julius Erving Award

Top Collegiate Small Forwards Named to Watch List for the “Naismith Starting 5”

Springfield, Mass. (Oct. 17, 2018) — The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame announced today the 20 watch list members for the 2019 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award. Named after Class of 1993 Hall of Famer and 16-year professional basketball player Julius Erving, the annual honor in its fifth year recognizes the top small forwards in Division I men’s college basketball. A national committee comprising top college basketball personnel determined the watch list of 20 candidates.

“Julius Erving is well-known for his flare and competitive spirit which have made him one of the most admired and respected in the game across all generations,” said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Basketball Hall of Fame. “It is an honor to have his involvement in the Naismith Starting 5 and we look forward to recognizing the young man who most closely mirrors the passion and athleticism of Dr. J this season.”

Julius Erving attended the University of Massachusetts and averaged 26.3 points and 20.2 rebounds per game, making him one of only six NCAA men’s basketball players to average more than 20 points and 20 rebounds per game. After two seasons, Erving made the jump to the American Basketball Association and was the league’s most recognizable player when it merged with the National Basketball Association in 1976. During his professional career, Erving won three championships, four most valuable player awards and three scoring titles. In 1996, he was named a member of the NBA’s 50th Anniversary All-Time Team.

By mid-February, the watch list of 20 players for the 2019 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award will be narrowed to just 10. In March, five finalists will be presented to Mr. Erving and the Hall of Fame’s selection committee. The winner of the 2019 Julius Erving Award will be presented at The College Basketball Awards presented by Wendy’s in Los Angeles, CA on Friday, April 12, 2019, along with the other four members of the Naismith Starting 5. Additional awards being presented and sponsored by Eaton Ephesus Lighting include the Bob Cousy Point Guard Award, the Jerry West Shooting Guard Award, the Karl Malone Power Forward Award and the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Center Award. Broadcast information will be released by ESPN at a later date.

Previous winners of the Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award include Mikal Bridges, Villanova (2018), Josh Hart, Villanova (2017), Denzel Valentine, Michigan State (2016) and Stanley Johnson, Arizona (2015).

For more information on the 2019 Julius Erving Award and the latest updates, log onto www.hoophallawards.com and follow @hoophall and #ErvingAward on Twitter and Instagram.

2019 Julius Erving Small Forward of the Year Award Candidates

Dylan Windler Belmont

Cam Reddish Duke

Elijah Minnie Eastern Michigan

Rui Hachimura Gonzaga

Keldon Johnson Kentucky

Sam Hauser Marquette

Aaron Wiggins Maryland

Caleb Martin Nevada

Nassir Little North Carolina

Louis King Oregon

Tres Tinkle Oregon St

Lamar Stevens Penn St

O'Shea Brissett Syracuse

Admiral Schofield Tennessee

Jordon Varnado Troy

Kris Wilkes UCLA

De'Andre Hunter Virginia

Jaylen Hoard Wake Forest

Matisse Thybulle Washington

Robert Franks Jr. Washington St.

*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2018-19 season*

Wednesday, 17 October 2018 16:15

Matt Eck

We took time with Nevada Basketball Director of Player Development, Hays Myers, this week to discuss the importance of player development for college basketball player’s.

Meyers is entering his third year with Nevada and second as Director of Player Development. He was elevated to his current role after spending one season as a graduate assistant. Prior to arriving in Reno, Meyers was a student manager at LSU where he worked with Coach Musselman. 

Player development has become a huge focus in college and professional organizations across the country so we asked Meyers how we implement it here at Nevada…

Q: Today’s game has evolved from what it was in the 90’s and even early 2000’s. How important do you think player development is for college basketball players today? 

HM: I THINK THAT PLAYER DEVELOPMENT (ALONG WITH RECRUITING) ARE THE TWO MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS IN COLLEGE BASKETBALL. AT THE END OF THE DAY IT IS ALL ABOUT THE PLAYERS ON THE COURT. THEY HAVE TO BE ABLE TO MAKE THE PLAYS NEEDED TO WIN GAMES. MOST KIDS TODAY NEED TO UNDERSTAND WHAT PLAYER DEVELOPMENT IS AS WELL IN ORDER FOR IT TO BE EFFECTIVE. IN TODAY'S CLIMATE EVERYTHING IS ABOUT INSTANT GRATIFICATION. THE PROBLEM WITH THAT IS PLAYER DEVELOPMENT IS THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF INSTANT GRATIFICATION. IT IS A PROCESS. THERE IS AN ARTICLE WRITTEN CALLED "WHY PRACTICE ACTUALLY MAKES PERFECT: HOW TO REWIRE YOUR BRAIN FOR BETTER PERFORMANCE." IN THIS ARTICLE IT TALKS ABOUT THE FUNCTIONALITY OF THE BRAIN AND HOW THE MORE YOU PRACTICE THE MORE YOUR BRAIN ACTUALLY GETS REWIRED TO PERFORM AT A HIGHER LEVEL. I WON’T GET INTO THE SCIENCE OF IT ALL BUT IT IS NATURAL BIOLOGICAL FUNCTION. IF A PLAYER THINKS THERE IS AN OVERNIGHT FIX TO THEIR GAME THEN THEY ARE WRONG. COACHES AND PLAYERS ALIKE ALSO NEED TO UNDERSTAND THAT PLAYER DEVELOPMENT IS SPECIFIC TO EACH INDIVIDUAL AND IS BOTH ABOUT THE PHYSICAL ASPECT OF THE GAME AND THE MENTAL ASPECT OF THE GAME. I THINK TRAINING THE MIND TO PERFORM AT THE HIGHEST LEVEL IS EQUALLY AS IMPORTANT AS THE PHYSICAL ASPECT. NICK SABAN HAS A GREAT QUOTE IN WHICH HE DEFINES TOUGHNESS.... "WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO BREAK YOU?" I THINK AS A PART OF YOUR DEVELOPMENT YOU HAVE TO FIND OUT WHAT IT TAKES TO BREAK YOU. WHEN YOU ARE BROKEN ALL YOUR PHYSICAL TOOLS ARE USELESS BECAUSE YOUR MIND IS NO LONGER THERE. 

Q: Off the court, how often do you utilize video breakdown with your players? What types of things do you look to show players through film?

HM: I BELIEVE THAT FILM STUDY IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO THE DEVELOPMENT OF PLAYERS AND A TEAM. KOBE BRYANT IS ONE OF THE MOST METICULOUS HUMAN BEINGS WHEN IT COMES TO FILM STUDY. HE HAS SAID BEFORE THAT IT COULD TAKE HIM UP TO 4.5 HOURS JUST TO WATCH ONE GAME BECAUSE OF ALL THE POSSIBILITIES ON DIFFERENT SITUATIONS THAT HE LOOKS FOR. THAT IS WHAT MADE HIM ELITE. ONCE HE GOT IN THE GAME HE KNEW EVERY POSSIBLE SCENARIO THAT COULD HAPPEN AND HOW TO COUNTER IT.  I THINK COLLEGE PLAYERS ALSO NEED HELP WITH THEIR FILM STUDY AND THAT IS WHY IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE GOOD STAFF THAT PUTS IN THE TIME TO HELP DEVELOP PLAYERS THROUGH FILM.

Q: There are some players who are labeled as a specialty/utility player, such as a shooter (Kyle Korver) or defensive specialist (Tony Allen) and then there are players who have a well-rounded game and are good at multiple things. How do you approach player development with those who are identified as a utility type player?

HM: I THINK THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IN PLAYER DEVELOPMENT IS TO MAKE SURE TO SHARPEN STRENGTHS. OBVIOUSLY, YOU WANT TO STRENGTHEN WEAKNESSES BUT IF YOU ARE A SHOOTER YOU DONT WANT TO WORK ON POST MOVES ALL DAY BECAUSE THAT IS NOT WHERE YOU ARE GOING TO GET YOUR SHOTS. I BY NO MEANS HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, I CAN ONLY SAY WHAT I HAVE SEEN WORK AND THROUGH OTHERS. ONE OF MY FAVORITE PLAYER DEVELOPMENT COACHES IS PHIL BECKNER. I HAD THE PRIVELEDGE TO WATCH HIM WORK OUT DAMIEN LILLARD. THE SIMPLICITY OF THE WORKOUT AMAZED ME. YOU SEE ALL THESE PLAYERS USING ALL SORTS OF PROPS AND DOING 19 BETWEEN THE LEGS AND IT JUST ISNT GAME LIKE. PHIL DOES AN UNBLIEVEABLE JOB OF SIMPLIFYING AND WORKING ON DAMIEN'S SPECIFIC STRENGTHS. I THINK AT THE END OF THE DAY ITS ALL ABOUT HOW HARD A PLAYER WANTS TO WORK AND GET BETTER. IF THE PLAYER DOESNT WANT TO IMPROVE IT DOESNT MATTER WHAT YOU DO AS A COACH. IT HAS TO BE INTRISIC MOTIVATION TO BE THE BEST YOU CAN BE.  

We want to thank Hays for taking time out of his schedule to discuss player development and how we use it here at Nevada. 

Tuesday, 16 October 2018 07:41

Mountain West Preseason Awards

The Mountain West Conference has officially announced it's 2018-19 Preseason Awards. Nevada is well represented in these awards with 4 Wolf Pack players receiving preseason honors. The Wolf Pack have also been picked to repeat as Mountain West Conference champions for the third straight year.
 
The complete awards are as follows:
 
2018-19 Preseason All-Conference Team:
Jordan Caroline, Nevada
Deshon Taylor, Fresno State
Caleb Martin, Nevada
Justin James, Wyoming
Cody Martin, Nevada
2018-19 Preseason Player of the Year:
Caleb Martin, Nevada
2018-19 Preseason Freshman of the Year:
Jordan Brown, Nevada
2018-19 Preseason Newcomer of the Year:
Vance Jackson, New Mexico
2018-19 Preseason Predicted Order of Finish:
School
Points (First-Place Votes)
Nevada
207 (18)
San Diego State
188 (1)
New Mexico
153
Boise State
139
Fresno State
138
UNLV
122
Wyoming
88
Colorado State
80
Utah State
78
Air Force
42
San Jose State
19

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Monday, 15 October 2018 16:53

Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame has come out with their initial Bob Cousy Award candidates. The award is given to the nation's top point guard and Wolf Pack senior Cody Martin is listed amongst the 20 candidates. 

Cody Martin stepped in as full-time point guard last season after the season ending injury of Lindsey Drew. Martin finished the 2017-18 season being named Mountain West Defensive Player of the year and averaged 14 points and 6.3 rebounds a game. 

"We are proud of Cody for being named to the Bob Cousy Award Watch List," Wolf Pack head coach Eric Musselman stated. "This is a true testament of the hardwork Cody has put in over the years. He has been a major part of our program's success and we know he will continue to lead us in the right direction this season as our point guard."

Previous winners of the Bob Cousy Award include Jalen Brunson, Villanova (2018), Frank Mason III, Kansas (2017), Tyler Ulis, Kentucky (2016), Delon Wright, Utah (2015), Shabazz Napier, Connecticut (2014), Trey Burke, Michigan (2013), Kendall Marshall, North Carolina (2012), Kemba Walker, Connecticut (2011), Greivis Vasquez, Maryland (2010), Ty Lawson, North Carolina (2009), DJ Augustin, Texas (2008), Acie Law, Texas A & M (2007), Dee Brown, Illinois (2006), Raymond Felton, North Carolina (2005) and Jameer Nelson, St. Joseph’s (2004).

This year's initial list includes:

2019 Bob Cousy Point Guard of the Year Award Candidates

Jared Harper Auburn

Ky Bowman Boston College

Tre Jones Duke

Josh Perkins Gonzaga

Devon Dotson Kansas

Tremont Waters LSU

Markus Howard Marquette

Jon Elmore Marshall

Cassius Winston Michigan State

Cody Martin Nevada

Ahmad Carver Old Dominion

Payton Pritchard Oregon

Carsen Edwards Purdue

Shamorie Ponds St. John's

Alex Robinson TCU

Jordan Bone Tennessee

Jaylen Hands UCLA

Jahvon Quinerly Villanova

Ty Jerome Virginia

Justin Robinson Virginia Tech

*Players can play their way onto and off of the list at any point in the 2018-19 season*

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