Wolf Pack basketball adds second football player, Justin Brent, to roster

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The Nevada basketball team, ranked No. 20 in a country, finishes a home report this week with games opposite San Jose State and Colorado State. Coach Eric Musselman is anticipating for some large crowds to appreciate a team.
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His group skinny on players, Nevada basketball manager Eric Musselman went to check with conduct football manager Jay Norvell to see if he could steal a player. But, initial he done one thing clear.

“We’re not doing a trade,” Musselman said. “Jordan Caroline is not suiting adult in Sep for a football team. And Tre Thurman is not personification for a football team. We’re not trading, though can we steal a guy, maybe two?”

Musselman laughed as he told a story, and on Monday a second Wolf Pack football actor popped adult during basketball practice. After a Wolf Pack combined Elijah Cooks, a 6-foot-5 receiver, progressing this month, Justin Brent, a 6-2 reserve (he changed there from receiver this winter), was combined to a roster.

A superb athlete, Brent began his career during Notre Dame before transferring to Nevada before to final season. He was MVP of a prestigious Las Vegas Super 64 National AAU contest going into his beginner deteriorate of college and was recruited to play both sports for a Fighting Irish though had to collect one after graduating high propagandize early and enrolling during Notre Dame.

“Who knows?” Musselman said. “Before Sunday’s game, maybe we’ll supplement a third football player.”

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The Wolf Pack is down to only 7 grant players after Darien Williams was discharged from a group in Jan and Lindsey Drew suffered a season-ending Achilles detonation final week. Nevada has combined 3 walk-ons this month, a dual football players in further to David Cunningham, who played for a group from 2015-17 before not returning to a register this year. In all, Nevada has 5 walk-ons.

“We need bodies,” Musselman said.

Musselman has attempted to take it easier on his players in use given they have to record large mins in games. The new walk-ons have helped in that regard. Cooks trafficked with a group to Boise State and Utah State final week, and Musselman gave him soap-box reviews for assisting a group out in practice.

“Elijah has been great,” Musselman said. “He has a good attitude. I’m certain it’s opposite for him. we consider it’s kind of cool. It brings both programs together. Now, we have a second football player. It’s too bad ball already started or maybe we could have borrowed a man from T.J. (Bruce). But, we consider it’s a good knowledge for a guys, and they positively assistance a ton in practice. I’ll be honest with you. At Utah State, with about 40 seconds to go, we was debating either to put Elijah in.”

Nevada had dual players fouled out during a time, though instead of inserting Cooks, Musselman put in walk-on Charlie Tooley, who was put in grant for this semester, on offense and Cunningham in on invulnerability over a final 40 seconds.

A four-star partisan in football during Speedway (Ind.) High, Brent also was a recruited basketball actor during combo guard. As a junior, Brent pronounced he averaged 23 points and 7 rebounds. He didn’t play his comparison deteriorate after graduating early to enroll during Notre Dame.

Brent was recruited in basketball by Indiana, Purdue, Georgetown, Xavier, Virginia Tech, Marquette, Dayton and Detroit, among other schools. Late in his high propagandize career, he was disposition toward creation basketball his primary competition before a late flip.

Brent becomes a third Wolf Pack football actor to turn a two-sport contestant during Nevada this year, fasten Cooks and receiver Kaleb Fossum, who assimilated a ball group as a maladroit pitcher. The Wolf Pack basketball players have welcomed a additions.

“It gives us a mangle in practice,” Caleb Martin pronounced of a football additions. “The guys come in and work hard. Elijah came in and Elijah’s been doing unequivocally well. He’s using a right plays and he’s going tough and doing a good pursuit on director team. He’s a unequivocally good player. I’m looking brazen to saying what a subsequent man they sent us currently can unequivocally do. They give us a good small breather.”

While Musselman done it transparent he’s not meddlesome in a trade, he’s assured Caroline, Tre’Shawn Thurman, who is sitting out this deteriorate underneath send rules, and a Martin twins could attain on a football field. Caroline’s grandfather, J.C., is in a College Football Hall of Fame and had a decade-long NFL career. Caroline’s father, Simeon Rice, was a three-time Pro Bowler.

Caroline played football as a quarterback until high school, when he quit a diversion to concentration on basketball. He preferred hoops and ball over football given there was too most passed time in practice.

“I consider Jordan Caroline would be tighten to All-Mountain West initial group as a football player,” Musselman said. “I’m going to contend Tre Thurman could be honest discuss in football. we consider both Martins would be really, really, unequivocally good far-reaching receivers. Probably those 4 mount out as being means to assistance a football team, any football group in a country.”

While many players on a Nevada football group like to gloat about how good they were on a hardwood in high school, Caleb Martin joked a Wolf Pack basketball players have shown a newcomers it’s a opposite diversion during a college level.

“We’ve got to do that sometimes,” Martin pronounced with a laugh. “Sometimes they consider they can take people’s spots. But, it’s a same thing in everybody’s sport. we know JC substantially thinks he could go onto a football group and kill it in a league.”

WOLF PACK MOVES UP IN RANKINGS

Nevada reached a deteriorate best in a inhabitant rankings, fixation 20th in a AP Top 25 and 22nd in a USA Today coaches poll. The Wolf Pack is one of 7 mid-major schools in a Top 25 this week.

“We try not to concentration on a series besides a name,” Caleb Martin said. “Obviously it looks unequivocally good, though we only wish to win each game. That’s what it’s all about. Obviously a ranking will assistance us large time. I’m blissful we’re finally reckoning out how to keep that ranking beside a name, though a biggest thing is we only have to continue to win and stay in it.”

This is Nevada’s fifth week in a Top 25 this season. The Wolf Pack mislaid a initial 4 games as a ranked group this season, though is 3-0 when ranked given then.

“We’re been training how to win with a series beside a name,” Martin said. “It’s going to be vigour no matter what, though we have to play by it, generally personification a group like San Jose State (on Wednesday).”

The top Nevada has ever been in a Top 25 is ninth in a coaches check and 10th in a AP check nearby a finish of a 2006-07 unchanging season.

WOLF PACK BASKETBALL

Who: San Jose State (3-22, 0-14 MW) during No. 20/22 Nevada (23-5, 12-2)

When: Wednesday, 7 p.m.

Where: Lawlor Events Center (11,536 capacity)

TV/Radio: None/94.5 FM

Online: ESPN3.com

Betting line: No line expelled yet

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