Eric Mussleman

Eric Mussleman

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*

Friday, 12 October 2018 18:56

Silver and Blue Game Recap

The Sagebrushers vs Desert Wolves game ended with the Sagebrushers edging the Desert Wolves 39-35 in the two 20-minute halves played. Pack fans got a taste of what Nevada Basketball will consist of during this much anticipated season. Cody Martin paved the way for the Sagebrushers with 21 points and 4 assists while Trey Porter chipped in with 9 points and 6 rebounds. The Desert Wolves were led by freshman Jordan Brown and Jalen Townsell. Brown led the team in scoring with 11 points and 6 rebounds. The Reno native, Townsell, added 10 points which included some impressive dunks. 

The 3-point contest championship was Jazz Johnson vs Caleb Martin. Johnson made 15 3pt shots in the 45 seconds to win the contest.

The dunk competition had the crowd erupting after each high-flying dunk. Special guest judges Ramon Sessions, Kevinn Pinkney and Ethan O’Bryant were impressed with the Pack players. Jalen Townsell, Jordan Brown, Trey Porter and Jordan Caroline had their athleticism on display. Trey Porter and Jordan Caroline advanced to the championship round where Porter dunked over Coach Muss. Caroline took home the crown with his windmill 360 and reverse between the legs dunks. 

The crowd was greeted by Coach Muss in a Wolfie costume riding a motorcycle driven by his son and one of our graduate assistants, Mike Musselman. 

We want to thank all the students who came out to support our program. We cannot wait for you to bring the same energy and enthusiasm in Lawlor come November. 

Wednesday, 10 October 2018 23:17

Sagebrushers vs Desert Wolves Update

The team names are sets. The draft has been completed. Thursday night’s event is bound to be a great night for the University of Nevada.

We are ready to announce the contestants for the 3 point and dunk competition. 

The dunk competition will put our player’s athleticism on display. The contestants will be senior’s 6'11 Trey Porter and 6'7 Jordan Caroline and also freshman 6'7 Jalen Townsell. 

The 3pt competition will have some of the best 3pt shooters in the country competing in it. Jazz Johnson, NIsre Zouzoua, Caleb Martin, and Tre Thurman. These Pack players have offensive fire power that your rarely see all on the same team. Thurman, Johnson and Zouzoua red-shirted last season and will be excited to put their talents on display in front of Pack fans. 

Leading the teams will be Coach Argenal coaching the Sagebrushers and Coach Dunson and Ruta spitting duties for the Desert Wolves. 

We hope to see all of UNR students come out Thursday night to VSG at 5:30pm to see a sneak peak of our team this season!

Tuesday, 09 October 2018 04:18

Silver & Blue team names are set

Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball is set to have a Silver and Blue scrimmage this Thursday, October 11th. The men's basketball program has decided to pay a tribute to University of Nevada history with the names of the two teams. The team names are set. The silver team will be called the Sagebrushers and blue will be the Desert Wolves.

These team names are derived from former Nevada athletics nicknames from the early 1920's.  University of Nevada athletically were originally known as the Sagebrushers, named after the state flower.  A sagebrush is a shrub usually throughout a range of cold desert, steppe, and mountain habitats in the intermanountain West of North America. In the 1921–1922 school year, a local writer described the school's athletic teams as a "pack of wolves" which turned into Desert Wolves. The University later coined the current nickname, Wolf Pack. 

Nisré Zouzoua will be the captain of the Sagebrushers (silver) while Jazz Johnson will spearhead the Desert Wolves (blue). Our players and staff will also wear special Sagebrushers and Desert Wolves gear for the event. We expect this to be a very special and fun event for the student body and our players!

Team rosters coming soon...

Saturday, 06 October 2018 22:27

Pack Players Lead Defensive Drill

At Nevada, we like to give Pack players an opporunity to lead drills in front of their teammates during practice. This week we had seniors Cody Martin and Jordan Caroine lead a defensive slide station amongst their teammates. 

The drill conceists of defensive slides, diving on the floor for a loose ball, and taking a charge. All very important details that we want Pack players to do every game. Cody and Jordan have been known to lead by example and bring energy on a daily basis. They set the tone for the rest of our players and having them in front of everyone during this segment raised the level of competition in the gym for the remainder of practice. 

This was a fun and energtic way to split up practice and gives our guys an opportunity to lead by example. 

Check the video out:

 

Saturday, 06 October 2018 00:38

Silver and Blue Sneak Peak at VSG

The announcement had been made and it is official, the Men’s Basketball Silver and Blue game will be held on Thursday, October 11th. The game will begin at 5:30pm in the Virginia Street Gym and is open to students only.  This is a great opportunity for students to get a sneak peak of what the Wolf Pack will be bringing to Reno this season. 

October 11th will be an event that will consist of a scrimmage, 3pt contest and dunk competition. We are excited for Pack players to put on a show and have their athletic abilities on display.  The event will be picked up by the Mountain West Network and Nevada Sports Network. 

We are looking forward to this event and for Pack players to get in front of the students who will be supporting us this year. We want to see VSG packed with students in Muss Bus shirts bringing energy! 

Stay tuned for more special announcements coming soon!

Former Wolf Pack Player Willis Allen made a stop in Reno to speak with the team today. Allen played for Nevada back when there was no 3pt line and you couldn’t dunk back in the 1969-1970 season. Since then, he has been one of the biggest supporters of our program and is excited for the recent success that Nevada has had. 

He recalled the days when he was playing in Reno and the amount of intense conditioning they took part in. The work ethic they had back then when he was playing should resognate with our guys on what it will take to be successful this season. Allen was impressed with our ability to bring energy during the practice today and how hard every guy played. 

Allen, jokingly, stated how he was only 5ft 14in back when he played. Now, he is 5ft 16in and would be a much better player if he played at his current height. 

The former Pack player turned lifelong fan had butterflies during practice today. It is great to have former players and fans be impacted by the culture that has been built here at Nevada. The joy is Allen's voice form being around our program was humbling for the Wolf Pack. We have a great group of guys who work hard day in and day out and hearing the stories from former players, alumni, and fans motivates us to continue our success for Northern Nevada. 

Wednesday, 03 October 2018 22:12

Anti Turnover Push-Ups

At Nevada, we take great pride in taking care of the basketball. When Nevada made it to the Sweet 16 and completed a historic 22-point comeback against Cincinnati (the 2nd best defensive team in the country), our Pack players only committed 2 turnovers throughout the entire game.

To put a major emphasis on not turning the ball over in practice, we do pushups. For each turnover that happens during practice, our coaching staff stops play and everyone must do 10 pushups. Each turnover = 10 pushups.

This means everyone, the entire gym will drop down and do 10 push-ups. Coaches, players, managers, and trainers all are held accountable for these turnovers. We want Pack players to take pride in taking care of the ball and limit the amount of push-ups we do during practice. 

Troy Tulowitzki, of the Toronto Blue Jays, was in Reno on Monday and stopped by practice to speak to Pack players. His message to the team was clear, in order to be the best in the world at what you do, you have to make sacrifices. He referenced himself and stated that at an early age he decided that he wanted to be the best baseball player in the world. His everyday lifestyle reflected his aspirations with his work ethic, commitment to eating right, getting enough sleep, receiving proper treatment, studying his game, etc. His commitment to his goal and the sacrifices he made turned him into one of the best to ever play the game at his position. He won both the Golden Glove and Silver Slugger Award in 2010 and 2011, making him arguably the best player in the world during those years.

He also mentioned professional basketball player Lebron James in his speech. Many would argue that Lebron is the best basketball player in the world. Tulowitzki stated that, similar to him, Lebron lives the lifestyle of being the best in the world. When he is not at practice he is either watching film, in the weight room, receiving treatment, getting extra shots up or getting adequate rest. He emphasized that in order to be the best you have to be different and that means making the necessary sacrifices in order to perfect your craft. This type of mentality is what separates athletes who have short stints playing professionally and long successful careers. 

Troy Tulowitzki was the 7thoverall pick in the 2005 MLB Draft. He was with the Colorado Rockies from 2005-2015 and then with the Toronto Blue Jays from 2015 until now. He is a 5x All-Star, 2x Golden Glove Award winner and 2x Silver Slugger Award winner. He holds the MLB record for .985 career fielding percentage as a shortstop. 

It was great to have Troy speak with our team yesterday. He is a great source of knowledge and they can learn a lot from him on what it takes to be the best at what you do. We want to thank Troy for his time and look forward to watching his continued success with the Blue Jays. 

Monday, 01 October 2018 18:07

SNEAK PEEK coming to Virginia Street Gym

The Wolf Pack will kick off the 2018-19 season with a Silver & Blue Scrimmage which will be a "Sneak Peek" into whats in store for the upcoming season.  The scrimmage will be held October 11th in Virginia Street Gym and open to students only.  The event will be a part of homecoming weekend and will feature a 3 point contest, dunk contest, autograph signings and other special items on the program. 

"We are excited to be having the Silver & Blue Scrimmage," Wolf Pack head coach Eric Musselman stated. "We feel we have the best student section in the country and this game which is only open to the student body, will give those students an up close and personal chance to see this year's team. We look forward to seeing Virginia Street Gym packed for this scrimmage and the student section packed for all home games this season." 

All in all, this will be a great opportunity for the students to come out, pack Virginia Street Gym and interact with the Pack. 

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