With The Nevada Wolf Pack Opening The Season In A Week, Get To Know The New Faces The Will Be On The Team in ’17-18
The Nevada Wolf Pack will open the 2017-2018 season on November 10th and some new faces will don the Wolf Pack blue.
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A Look At The New Players For the 2017-18 Nevada Wolf Pack
The Nevada Wolf Pack will begin their quest to defend their Mountain West regular season and tournament championships on November 10th as they open the 2017-2018 season against Idaho.
The Wolf Pack will welcome in some new players as they will look to contribute in getting Nevada back to the NCAAs for a second straight season.
Here are the individual profiles on the new players for the 2017-18 Nevada Wolf Pack
Caleb Martin, Small Forward
Height/Weight: 6 ft. 7 in, 215 lbs.
Hometown: Mocksville, NC
2015-16 Statistics (w/ NC State): 11 ppg, 4.7 rpg, 1.4 apg, 39 FG%, 36 3PT%, 66 FT%
Caleb, who along with his twin brother Cody, transferred to Nevada from North Carolina State after the 2015-2016 season. In his last year with NC State, Caleb averaged 11 points and four rebounds a game while shooting 38 percent from the field and 36 percent from the three-point line. Caleb’s ability to shoot the three will be heavily utilized by head coach Eric Musselman this season.
Cody Martin, Small Forward
Height/Weight: 6ft. 7 in, 210 lbs.
Hometown: Mocksville: NC
2015-16 Statistics (w/NC State): 6.0 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.3 apg, 47 FG%, 43 3PT% 59 FT%
Cody, unlike his twin brother, Caleb, is more of a gritty, hustle type of player whose game is more of the slashing, take it to the paint variety. His ability to get to the paint, draw fouls and play and defend the 1 thru 4 positions will get him some serious playing time for Nevada either coming off the bench or as a starter.
Kendall Stephens, Guard
Height/Weight: 6 ft., 7 in, 205lbs
Hometown: St. Charles, Ill
2015-16 Stats (with Purdue) 6.1 ppg, 1.3 rpg, 34 FG%, 60 FT%, 32 3PT%
Stephens is a 6ft, 7in guard who transferred to Nevada from Purdue where as a freshman he averaged eight points a game and led all Big Ten freshman with 64 three pointers made in 2013-2014. Stephens was hampered by injuries and decided to transfer to Nevada following the 2014-2015. Given his ability to shoot the three-ball, look for him to do his best to replace Marcus Marshall and DJ Fenner’s three-point production in his lone season in Reno in 2017-18.
Hallice Cooke, Guard
Height/Weight: 6ft, 3in 190lbs
Hometown: Union City, NJ
2015-16 Stats (with Iowa State) 2.6ppg, 1.0 rpg, 40FG%, 64FT%, 37 3PT%
Cooke will be playing for his third college team since graduating from high school in 2013. He originally committed to Oregon State out of high school where he shot 46 percent from the three-point line while earning Pac-12 All Freshman Honorable Mention. But Cooke eventually transferred from Oregon State to Iowa State where he hardly saw the court as a member of the Cyclones.
Cooke decided to return west to Reno to play for Nevada where a medical condition forced him to retire from playing basketball shortly after transferring. But Cooke was medically cleared to play the doctors and is now ready to contribute to the Wolf Pack. Cooke is a rangy, perimeter defender and can play either guard spot which can help take some of the pressure off starting guard Lindsey Drew.
Darien Williams, Power Forward
Height/Weight: 6ft, 8in, 235lbs
Hometown: San Francisco, CA
2016-17 Stats (with St. John’s) 3.9ppg, 2.6rpg, 0.5bpg, 54FG%, 73FT%
Williams, like Hallice Cooke, has done quite a bit of traveling in his college career. Williams went to two junior colleges before settling in the Big Apple, playing for St. Johns for two seasons.
Despite his size, Williams is not a true back-to-the-basket big-man, but he does provide size and bulk for a Wolf Pack team that needs it. Williams can defend the rim and shoot the ball well as he shot 54 percent from the field in his final season with the Red Storm. William’s combination of size, strength and solid shooting will be helpful as he will more than likely come off the bench for the Wolf Pack this season.
Ugo Amadi, Guard
Height/Weight: 6ft, 3in 190lbs
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
2014-15 Stats (with Bishop Gorman HS) 5.6ppg, 1.0apg
Amadi is a freshman who joins the Wolf Pack squad after three years of not playing organized basketball. The last time he played organized basketball was when he was a senior at Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas. He was focusing on his education when Amadi participated in an open tryout to walk on to the Wolf Pack basketball team in September and made the team.
During Musselman’s tenure at Nevada, walk-on’s hardly get any playing time but Amadi could help the starters like Lindsey Drew, Hallice Cooke and others during practice time to shape the style of play for the Wolf Pack as they go thru the 2017-18 season.