Eric Musselman

Eric Musselman

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 17:16

Desi Sills

2018-19 (Fr.)
Started the last eight games and started second half prior to that at Auburn to solidify his spot as a starter over the last eight … In his eight starts, scored double figures four times (five times all season), including a career-high 18 at Indiana in the NIT, a then career-high 15 points at Kentucky, 11 at Vanderbilt and 11 versus Alabama … Made a career-high four 3-pointers at Indiana and three each at Kentucky, at Vanderbilt and versus Alabama … Had a career-high three steals vs. Ole Miss … Played a career-high 29 minutes at Kentucky … At Auburn, had a career-high four rebounds … Over the last eight games, shot a team-best 64.3 percent from 3-point range (18-of-28), 50 percent from the field (25-of-50) while averaging 10.1 points per game … Prior to starting role, was 1-of-10 from 3-point range over a 13-game span … Was the first sub off the bench (solo or tied) in 13 of the first 25 games prior to getting starting role … Established then career-highs in scoring in four straight games: seven vs FIU, eight at Colorado State, nine vs Western Kentucky and nine again versus UTSA … Handed out a career-high six assist versus FIU … As part of his nine points versus Western Kentucky, scored six straight over two minutes in the second half to tie the game at 62-62 (8:35 mark) and made a free throw to tie the game at 70-70 with 4:32 left … Although he did not score in the win over Austin Peay, he was one of the top-graded players for the game … Played a season-high 24 minutes, had five assists, two rebounds and tied a season-high with two steals … Added three deflections … Had a break-out game in his SEC debut — a win at Texas A&M — with 14 points … 13 of those points came in the first half, including eight straight at one spell, as the Razorbacks led 33-32 at halftime … Had five assists and no turnovers in 18 minutes in the overtime loss versus LSU … Started the second half at Auburn … Made (5) and took (8) career-high free throws … Added a career-high four rebounds … Played 23 minutes and led the team with three assists … Earned first carer start versus Texas A&M (2/23) and scored seven points on 3-of-6 shooting, including the game’s first points — a 3-pointer from the top of the key … At Kentucky, scored a then career-high with 15 points (making 3-of-5 3-pointers and 4-of-4 at the line) … Made back-to-back 3-pointers to start the second half and gave Arkansas its largest lead of the game (15 points) … In the Ole Miss win, had a career-high three steals as well as a career-high five deflections … At Vandy, made 3-of-3 from 3-point range, scored 11 points and had four assists … Followed that with another 11-point performance in the regular-season finale win versus Alabama, making 3-of-5 from 3-point range … At Providence, hit the Razorbacks’ first 3-pointer from the NIT experimental FIBA distance as Arkansas started the game 5-of-5 from long range … Finished 2-of-4 from distance and played second-most career minutes (27) … Closed the season with a career-high 18 point at Indiana, making a career-high four 3-pointers.


Prior to Arkansas
Rated #3 player in the state of Arkansas by 247Sports.com and ESPN while being a consensus top 50 pick among the nation’s top point guards … Named to the USA TODAY All-Arkansas first team … A two-time, first team 6A All-State selection (2017 and 2018) … Helped guide Jonesboro High School to back-to-back 6A state championships … Averaged 20 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 2017-18 … As a junior, put up 15.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and two assists per game, leading the Hurricanes to a perfect 32-0 record that ended in a title game victory over current Razorback Daniel Gafford … Played with current Razorbacks Isaiah Joe and Ethan Henderson on the Arkansas Hawks AAU team.

Personal:
Born Dec. 29, 1998, in Jonesboro … Son of Desi and Shawna Sills … Has three brothers – Travon, Neal and Quaavon – and two sisters – C’cchae and Devonce … Majoring in recreation and sports management.

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 17:13

Justice Hill

2018-19 (Fr.):
Signed with Arkansas on Nov. 14, 2018 … Graduated high school in December 2018 and enrolled at Arkansas in January 2019 … Began practicing with the Razorback basketball team on Jan. 3, 2019.

Prior to Arkansas:
Through his junior season in basketball, Hill was rated the #3 overall prospect in Arkansas and #36-best point guard in the nation by 247Sports.com … Also a three-star recruit by Rivals.com, which has him as the 48th-best point guard in the nation … Named to the 2018 5A All-State basketball team as a junior as he averaged 19.5 points, six assists, four steals and four rebounds … As a sophomore, averaged 15 points, four rebounds, three assist and two steals … Played summer ball with the Arkansas Hawks, teaming with current Razorbacks Isaiah Joe, Desi Sills and Ethan Henderson … A standout quarterback for the Little Rock Christian football team and received several FBS football scholarship offers as well … Named the 2018-19 Gatorade Arkansas Football Player of the Year Passed for 3,034 yards with 37 touchdowns and 4 interceptions and rushed for 1,000 yards and 21 touchdowns … In the playoffs, accounted for seven touchdowns in both the quarterfinals and semifinals … Was the game MVP in leading the Warriors to their first state championship beating four-time defending champion Pulaski Academy … In the title game, accounted for 330 yards and four touchdowns, including two passing and two rushing … Completed 12-of-25 passes for 218 yards … On the ground, he had 112 yards on 15 carries … Finished second in the 2018 5A state championship in the high jump (6-2) and placed fifth at the state meet in the long jump (21-1.75) … High school head coach was Clarence Finley … Arkansas Hawks AAU coach was Bill Ingram … Son of Dr. Fitz Hill, who was an assistant football coach at Arkansas under Jack Crowe, Danny Ford and Houston Nutt from 1992-2000 and went on to be the head coach at San Jose State (2001-04).

Tuesday, 16 April 2019 16:43

John Calipari

"Eric is one of the best in our sport... He has an uncanny feel for the game, and ability to read where the game is at. More importantly, is his ability to motivate and teach his players what it takes to improve and win. He is as good as it gets." - Coach John Calipari

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Former NBA and University of Nevada head coach Eric Musselman has been named as the head men’s basketball coach at the University of Arkansas, Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek announced on Sunday. Musselman has more than 30 years of coaching experience, including 14 years as a head coach in the NBA, NCAA and CBA.

“Eric Musselman is a coach that has had experience at every level of basketball from the NCAA to the NBA,” Yurachek said. “He was practically born into the game and his passion for basketball is unmistakable. He has been successful throughout his career, including the remarkable job he did in returning the University of Nevada into a perennial NCAA Tournament team. Coach Musselman is high-energy and possesses an extremely high basketball IQ. He has a great attention to detail and has structured his programs to develop players individually while building a successful team. I am pleased to welcome Coach Musselman, his wife Danyelle and his family to the Razorback family.”

In the past four years as Nevada’s head coach, Musselman won at least 24 games each season (24, 28, 29 and 29) to post a 110-34 record and .764 winning percentage – sixth-best among active Division I coaches. Prior to entering the collegiate head coaching ranks, Musselman was a head coach for seven professional teams, including two seasons with the Golden State Warriors (2002-04) and one with the Sacramento Kings (2006-07). He has won over 550 games as a professional head coach with an overall winning percentage of .624 (566-340).

“My family and I couldn’t be more excited to be coming to the University of Arkansas,” Coach Musselman said. “The opportunity to be a part of the rich tradition of Razorback Basketball and to experience the passion of the Razorback fans is something that I am very much looking forward to. I am appreciative of the professional manner in which Hunter Yurachek conducted the search and am grateful for the support of Chancellor Steinmetz and all of those affiliated with the University of Arkansas. I am ready to get to work with our student-athletes to prepare our program to compete at the highest level of college basketball.”

At Nevada, Musselman led the Wolf Pack to Mountain West regular-season titles in each of the last three years. The Wolf Pack won the CBI (College Basketball Invitational) postseason tournament in his first year as head coach while adding a Mountain West tournament title in 2017 to secure the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2007. The past two seasons, Nevada earned at-large berths to the NCAA Tournament as a seventh seed each time.

In addition to his teams’ success, numerous individual honors have been bestowed upon his players. Caleb Martin was a two-time All-America selection (2018 and ’19), a two-time district Player of the Year honoree and 2018 Mountain West Player of the Year. Overall, 13 All-Mountain West honors were earned by Wolf Pack players over the last four seasons.

“I applaud Vice Chancellor and Director of Athletics Hunter Yurachek on the process to identify and ultimately select Coach Eric Musselman as the next Razorback’s Men’s Basketball coach,” Chancellor Joe Steinmetz said. “The process was rigorous and thorough. I had the opportunity to speak to Coach Musselman a few days ago and I am confident that he will be a great leader for our basketball team and contribute to the players growth as athletes and as successful students.”

Wednesday, 27 March 2019 17:03

Thank You, Wolf Pack Nation

Dear Wolf Pack Nation,

Thank you for being the best fans in the country and your constant support this season. The group of men our team consisted of this year will be grateful for the experience you helped provide them with from the moment they first stepped on campus. 

Our season began in June with summer practices as we competed daily in order to figure out our identity for the upcoming season. Every day that our players stepped in the gym they had a championship mentality and wanted to represent our school in a positive light. 

The Nevada community watched our players grow into men and leaders on and off the court. From June through the end of October, our team not only focused on getting betting on the court but also in our community. Pack players made visits to the local homeless shelter, the children's hospital and numerous elementary schools in the area to give back to the Reno community. These moments they shared with our fans and those in need are moments that they will carry with them long after their time here at Nevada. 

On November 6th we started the season off with a double digit win against BYU and continued to win 14 straight games, the best start in school history. Knocking off Power 5 conferences schools and a final four team from last year, the Pack solidified themselves as one of the top teams in the country. We were undefeated in Lawlor and had the largest attendance in the history of Nevada Basketball. 

Continuing the success into March, we secured our 3rd consecutive Mountain West Regular Season Championship and were 1 of 20 teams to make the NCAA Tournament the past three seasons. We proud that very senior that has been with our program over the past four years has cut down the nets in their last game in Lawlor. 

This senior group will be remembered as one of the greatest to ever put on a Nevada jersey and we thank them for the everlasting memories they helped create. Completing the season with a school record 29 wins and being ranked in the AP Top 20 all year speaks volumes to how special this group was. 

Most importantly, we helped prepare out players for life after college. Whether they want to pursue a professional basketball career or not, we made sure that our players will graduate with their degrees ready to make an impact on the world. We celebrate our players Cody and Caleb Martin, Jordan Caroline, David Cunningham, Trey Porter, Tre Thurman and Corey Henson on the legacy they will leave behind with them once they leave campus after graduation. 

On behalf of our staff and the University of Nevada, we are grateful for you joining us on this incredible journey and look forward seeing you all in Lawlor next season.

Thank you. Go Pack!

Sincerely,

Coach Muss

Monday, 25 March 2019 16:23

Historic Season for the Wolf Pack

A historic season comes to an end in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The Wolf Pack finishes the season 29-5 with a 3rd consecutive Mountain West Championshiop and nationally ranked in the top 25 for the entire year. 

Our senior-led team accomplished something that many did not think was possible 4 years ago when Coach Musselman took over the program. 

Ranked as high as the #6 team in the country, the Pack swept our non-conference schedule while beating the likes of Arizona State, USC, Utah and Loyola Chicago. This start was the best in Nevada Basketball history. 

We had a team that made history and will be remembered in Reno not only by their basketball play but also how they impacted the community. We wat to thank our seniors for representing our program the way they did and also being great leaders in the community. 

Thank you to all the fans and supporters who helped make this year a special one and we look forward to bringing another special season to Nevada next fall. Go Pack!

 

The Pack is ready to play in the NCAA Tournament for the 3rd consecutive year. Today the #7 seed with face off against the Florida Gators on TNT in Des Moines, Iowa

This will be the 3rd NCAA Tournament in their careers for the Martin Twins and Jordan Caroline and the first for the rest of our active roster. 

Our preperation began Sunday night directly after we found out who we were playing and we have been continuing the preparation every day since.

The Pack fans who made the trip to Des Moines have made this place feel like home with their energy and enthusiasm every time they see us leaving the hotel, on our bus or walking into the arena. We look forward to seeing the fans at the game and cheering on the Pack like they have all year. 

What a special time for our program to have all our hard work pay off all year and get the opportunity to be one of 68 teams to play in the NCAA Tournament. We are excited for tip-off today. Go Pack!

The Wolf Pack moved into an elite category after the win Saturday night against San Diego State for winning back to back to back Mountain West Regular Season Championships. 

With the 83-51 win, the Pack solidifies the #1 seed in the Mountain West Tournament. 

Coming into the season which such high expectations, it is impressive that our players stayed the course and battled through adversity to finish the regular season 28-3. One of our goals at the beginning of the year that we wanted to accomplish was winning our third straight regular season conference championship. We are proud of our players for working hard in order to accomplish this goal. 

We now move our focus to the post season. As the #1 seed in the Mountain West tournament, our first game will be played on Thursday at noon agaist the winner of Boise State versus Colorado State. We understand that it will be a difficult three day stretch against three very good teams if we want to win this tournament.

This is why we need to stregth of the Pack in Vegas to cheer us on! Our fans have been the backbone of our success all season and we look forward to seeing all of our fans at the tournament.

Stop by Legacy Hall to pick up your Travel With the Pack shirt today before we leave for Vegas tomorrow. Go Pack!

Friday, 08 March 2019 16:55

Honoring a Memorable Senior Class

With the last regular season game of the year Saturday night, we will be honoring our 7 seniors. These seniors that will be finishing their career as a member of the Wolf Pack are one of the most memorable group of seniors in Nevada history. 

Jordan Caroline was the first of the group to join Nevada and has made his imprint in Reno over the past 4 years. From breaking double-double records to winning over our fans with his intense play and contagious personality, he has been the core of our program's success during his three years playing for us. Jordan took a leap of faith joining a team that won 9 games and currently has Nevada sitting at 27-3 this year.

Then came the Martin twins, who helped bring recognition to Nevada on a national level. Cody and Caleb instantly fit into Coach Musselman's system and flourished helping us win a regular season Mountain West Championship and advance to the Sweet Sixteen of the 2018 NCAA Tournament. 

The three other transfers who are playing there last season with our program Tre Thurman, Corey Henson and Trey Porter. Henson and Thurman were with the program last season during thei redshirt year and were a huge part of the Sweet Sixteen run as they pushed our players during practice daily. Porter graduate transfered from Old Dominion to play his last season of eligibility with the Wolf Pack. Trey Porter has been known to be an energy spark with his posterizing dunks all season. Thurman is our teams rock and is the ultmate team player that this group needs. Henson has came in and providied energy since day one with his on ball defense and excellent three point shooting. 

Lastly, fan favorite David Cunningham, will be suiting up for the last time in Lawlor on Saturday night. David has been a part of 117 games and has been the main guy to lead our scout team 117 times. Nevada is not in the place it is today without the contributions of David Cunningham over the past 4 seasons. 

We want to thank all 7 of our seniors for what they have done for our program. These 7 seniors have our program sitting at 27-3 with an opportunity to win a 3rd consecutive Moutain West Regular Season Championship. 

We ask our fans to come honor our seniors tomorrow night by attending the game and making it the best atmosphere of the season. We need your energy tomorrow night. Go Pack!

Thursday, 07 March 2019 17:05

NBA Legend Earl Boykins Speaks to the Pack

A familiar face to Coach Muss was in town during our game against Air Force. One of his former players and NBA legend, Earl Boykins, made the drive up from Denver for the game. 

Boykins played for Coach Musselman when he was coaching the Golden State Warriors. Boykins said that Muss was the first coach to believe in him and give him a shot in the NBA. 

Boykins was the closer, the first of his kind in the NBA. Coach Muss would only play him the 2nd and 4th quarters of the game because he trusted in Earl to close the game out. 

It was great for our team to hear how highly Earl spoke of Coach Muss and how he had his full trust during his playing days. After his stint with the Warriors, Boykins signed a 5 year $13.7 million contract with the Denver Nuggets. Boykins gave all the credit to Muss for that contract because of him believing in him and giving him an opportunity to showcase his abilities the year prior with Golden State. 

We want to thank Earl for supporting Wolf Pack basketball and for making the trip our game on Tuesday!

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