The Starting 5, the support group for the University of Nevada men’s basketball team will hold its annual member’s dinner on Oct. 4 at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino. Doors open at 6 p.m. with dinner scheduled for 6:30 p.m.
The dinner is free for Starting 5 members. Those interested in joining the Starting 5, or members wishing to RSVP for the dinner, please call 775-682-6902.
All funds raised through the Starting 5 directly enhance and support the men’s basketball operating budget. Specifically, Starting 5 funds are used for recruiting, travel, nutrition, and other operating expenses.
The dinner is your opportunity to hear head coach Eric Musselman speak about the 2017-18 season and the players.
Nevada gets the 2017-18 season started by hosting two exhibition games, Stanislaus State on Oct. 29 and Dominican University in a Throwback game at the Virginia Street Gym on Nov. 3. Members of the Starting 5 will have the first option to purchase tickets for the Throwback game. The regular season gets underway on Nov. 10 with Idaho coming to Lawlor Events Center.
The Wolf Pack is coming off an outstanding season in which the team captured the first Mountain West regular season and tournament basketball titles in school history after posting a 28-7 record. The Pack advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade.
The Pack returns two junior starters in Jordan Caroline and Lindsey Drew. Caroline was the MW Tournament MVP and also earned second-team All-MW honors. He averaged 15 points and 9.2 rebounds per game. Drew was among the assist leaders in the MW averaging 4.7 per game. He contributed 5.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per outing.
Senior Elijah Foster along with sophomores Josh Hall and Charlie Tooley are back this season. Foster averaged 12 points and 7.4 rebounds starting seven games. Hall made nine starts and averaged 3.7 points, 2.6 rebounds and 3.3 assists per contest. Tooley appeared in 16 games off the bench as a walk-on his freshman season.
Six newcomers will join the squad for the 2017-18 season. North Carolina State transfers Caleb and Cody Martin are expected to make an immediate impact after sitting out last season. The versatile 6-7 twins will see time at multiple positions.
A pair of senior guards that sat out last season are Hallice Cooke and Kendall Stephens. Cooke last played at Iowa State and Stephens at Purdue. Senior Darien Williams, a 6-8 big man from St. Johns joins the Pack and is immediately eligible to play this season as a graduate transfer. The sixth newcomer is freshman walk-on guard John Jones, the son of associate head coach Johnny Jones.