Nevada added a local forward on Monday as junior college product Sam Williams pledged to the Wolf Pack, a source confirmed to NBCSports.com.
The 6-foot-8, 208-pound Williams played at nearby Hug High School before going to Mt. San Jacinto College for two seasons. In his second season at Mt. San Jacinto, Williams was conference player of the year after averaging 25.7 points and 6.9 rebounds per game. Williams shot 54.1 percent from the floor and 41.6 percent from 3-point range for the season.
Originally committed to Cal State Fullerton, things didn’t work out with that commitment, so Williams opened things up and searched for options. In a report from Chris Murray of the Reno Gazette-Journal, Williams will enroll in classes in December and spend this season redshirting.
After the redshirt year, Williams will have two years of eligibility remaining and essentially becomes a 2016 commitment for head coach Eric Musselman. During the redshirt year, Williams can acclimate to the Division I level and also add strength before he likely plays on the wing for the Wolf Pack.
Sunday night Nevada head coach Eric Musselman added another piece to his front court for the 2015-16 season, as 6-foot-8 forward Cameron Oliver announced that he’ll be joining the Wolf Pack program. Oliver originally signed with Oregon State in the Class of 2014 but did not enroll last fall. Oliver did not play basketball last season.
Oliver joins a front court led by senior A.J. West, who last season was a third-team All-Mountain West selection after averaging 12.1 points, 11.0 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per contest. Also returning in the front court are fellow upperclassmen Lucas Stirvins and D.J. Fenner, with junior college transfer Kaileb Rodriguez joining the program and sophomores Elijah Foster and Robyn Missa looking to earn more minutes.
Oliver is another piece for a program that recruiting-wise had some success with transfers this spring. Marcus Marshall (Missouri State), Leland King (Brown) and Jordan Caroline (Southern Illinois) all decided to join the program, and they’ll be good pieces to build with once they become eligible to compete in 2016-17.
Oliver is the third freshman to join the Nevada program this spring, with guard Lindsey Drew and Juwan Anderson being the others.
As expected, Nevada has officially announced the hire of Eric Musselman.
Musselman spent last season as an assistant coach at LSU and the two seasons prior to that as an assistant at Arizona State. Prior to that, Musselman gained plenty of experience as a head coach at different levels of professional basketball. He was the head coach of the Golden State Warriors from 2002-04 and coached the Sacramento Kings in 2006-07. More recently, Musselman was the head coach of the NBDL’s Reno Bighorns.
Musselman will replace David Carter, who spent six seasons as the head coach at Nevada. The school will give him a five-year contract pending approval by the board of regents.
The Wolfpack went 9-22 last season.