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Nevada’s Josh Hall transfers to Missouri State

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Nevada lost a talented player from last season’s team as rising junior Josh Hall opted to transfer to Missouri State on Friday night.

The 6-foot-7 Hall is a former top-150 recruit who played a key part in the Wolf Pack’s postseason run as he elevated his play to average 13 points and 4.7 rebounds per game during the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Hall also made the game-winning bucket to lift Nevada past No. 2 seed Cincinnati in the second round.

Although Hall picked up his play late in the year, he was coming off the bench most of his sophomore campaign as he averaged 6.9 points and 3.9 rebounds per game last season.

Since Nevada took in some talented transfers, while players like Jordan Caroline and the Martin twins opted not to turn pro, it left head coach Eric Musselman with too many scholarship players for the 2018-19 season. It looks like some of those issues are now going away as Hall is leaving for Missouri State and graduate transfer guard Ehab Amin opted to decommit from the school.

Nevada is expected to be a preseason top-10 team next season with all of the talent they have returning to the roster, along with the addition of some new pieces like McDonald’s All-American big man Jordan Brown.

Hall will likely have to sit out next season due to NCAA transfer rules as he still has two years of eligibility remaining.

Nevada lands another transfer in Corey Henson

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Nevada added another transfer on Monday evening, continuing a trend during Eric Musselman’s tenure as head coach.

Corey Henson, who spent his first three seasons at Wagner, announced via Twitter that he had decided to use his final season of eligibility in Reno.

Henson tweeted: “After much deliberation over the course of the summer, I decided last week that I no longer wish to continue my education and basketball career at Wagner College. While my time at Wagner was great, I feel like I needed a change to take the next step as a player and as a student. This past weekend, I reached out to Coach Musselman and Nevada as the program had shown a lot of interest in me earlier this summer when I opened up my recruitment. Upon seeing that they were still interested in bringing me on board, I knew it was a decision that I could not make on my own. After discussing everything with my parents and seeing the type of program Coach Musselman is putting together, I decided that Nevada was building something special that I wanted to be part of. I can’t wait to be a member of the Wolf Pack family!”

“This past weekend, I reached out to Coach Musselman and Nevada as the program had shown a lot of interest in me earlier this summer when I opened up my recruitment. Upon seeing that they were still interested in bringing me on board, I knew it was a decision that I could not make on my own. After discussing everything with my parents and seeing the type of program Coach Musselman is putting together, I decided that Nevada was building something special that I wanted to be part of. I can’t wait to be a member of the Wolf Pack family!”

The 6-foot-3 guard had initially decided in April to transfer but reversed that, announcing he’d return to Wagner in mid-July. He will have to sit out next season in accordance with NCAA transfer regulations. He will have one season of eligibility remaining beginning in the fall of 2018.

Henson has averaged double figures over the past two years, posting 14.6 points per game for the Seahawks during the 2016-17 season.

Currently, Nevada has 10 transfers on its 2017-18 roster. He joins transfers Nisré Zouzoua (Bryant), Tre’Shawn Thurman (Omaha), Darien Williams (St. John’s), Marquez Letcher-Ellis (Rice), Jazz Johnson (Portland), and Kendall Stephens (Purdue) as new additions to the Wolf Pack this season.

Nevada is spending this month on a foreign tour of Costa Rica.

Nevada forward Cameron Oliver to return for sophomore season

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With the deadline for early entrants to withdraw from the NBA Draft set for Wednesday, some college basketball teams will receive important news as it pertains to the 2016-17 campaign. One of those teams was Nevada, which surprised many last season by winning 24 games in Eric Musselman’s first season at the helm. And with one of the key contributors from that team deciding to withdraw from the NBA Draft, the Wolf Pack will be well positioned to be even better in 2016-17.

Forward Cameron Oliver, who was one of the Mountain West’s best freshmen this past season, will return to Reno for his sophomore season with Musselman making the news official Monday afternoon.

The 6-foot-8 Oliver averaged 13.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game for Nevada, shooting 50.8 percent from the field in his debut season. Oliver was named third team All-Mountain West while also earning conference All-Defensive team honors.

Oliver and wing D.J. Fenner (13.7 ppg) are the team’s top two returning scorers, with guard Marqueze Coleman (15.1 ppg) out of eligibility, and they’ll lead the way for a team that can contend in the Mountain West next season.

In addition to Oliver and Fenner, Nevada adds two talented transfers in Leland King and Marcus Marshall, with the latter averaging 19.5 points per game at Missouri State in 2014-15.

West leaves Nevada hoops; ex-star cites personal reasons

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RENO, Nev. (AP) AJ West, who led Nevada in scoring and rebounding a year ago, has left the Wolf Pack for personal reasons.

West, a 6-foot-9 senior, was one of only 11 players in the nation to average a double-double last season with 12.2 points and 10.8 rebounds. His 5.9 offensive rebounds per game led the country and were the most in the NCAA in 20 years.

The Brooklyn, New York, native was averaging 9.6 points and 7.7 rebounds this season but he recently fell out of the starting lineup and his playing minutes were declining under first-year coach Eric Musselman.

West said in a statement provided to the Reno Gazette-Journal on Tuesday that he’s leaving for undisclosed personal reasons and doesn’t “want to be a distraction to the team.”

Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com

Four-star shooting guard Josh Hall commits to Nevada

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Since taking over as the head coach at Nevada this summer, Eric Musselman’s enjoyed a great deal of success on the recruiting front. Two talented transfers in guard Marcus Marshall and forward Leland King will take the floor in 2016-17, as will a freshman class that now has three commits.

Thursday afternoon four-star shooting guard Josh Hall verbally committed to the Mountain West program. The 6-foot-7 Hall, who attends Genesis Academy in Lynchburg, Virginia, announced the news via his Twitter account.

Hall, who last October committed to Rice, joins point guard Devearl Ramsey and power forward Kenneth Wooten in Nevada’s 2016 recruiting class. And in Hall and Ramsey, the Wolf Pack have their backcourt of the future with veterans such as Marshall (one season of eligibility remaining) and junior D.J. Fenner among those who can serve as a buffer of sorts as the freshmen get acclimated to Division I college basketball.

Hall’s a Los Angeles native who this summer played for the California Supreme grassroots program on the Nike EYBL circuit. Hall averaged 10.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game, shooting just under 51 percent from the field in those games.

Nevada adds junior college forward

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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.