The lone big need for the Nevada basketball team heading into the 2019-20 season is depth in the front court, and the Wolf Pack could have a solution with 7-footer Jaume Sorolla, a graduate transfer from Valparaiso.
Sorolla, who checks in at 240 pounds, is expected to take an official visit to Nevada following a trip to Cincinnati, per Stadium's Jeff Goodman. Sorolla averaged 4.1 points and 3.1 rebounds per game last season, both three-year career lows. But he did hit 51.1 percent of his shots from the field while averaging a career-best 1.3 blocks.
As a graduate transfer, Sorolla would be eligible to play immediately for Nevada. He has one year of eligibility left. Sorolla has put up consistent numbers since joining Valparaiso, averaging between 4.1 to 5.2 points per game, 3.1 to 4.4 rebounds per game and 0.9 to 1.3 blocks per game all while logging 16.3 to 19.1 minutes per game in each of his three seasons with the Crusaders. In his career, he's a 50.9 percent shooter from the field and 71 percent from the free throw line. He is considered a staunch defender.
Sorolla is originally from Tortosa, Spain and played his senior season of high school for Sunrise Christian Academy in Wichita, Kan., where incoming Wolf Pack player Eric Parrish also logged a year prior to college.
Sorolla has played for Spain in FIBA competitions, including U16 and U18 European Championships. He was a member of Spain's gold-medal winning U20 European Championship gold-medalist squad in July 2016, averaging 4.7 points and 2.1 rebounds per game. He spent six years playing in the FC Barcelona program.
The Wolf Pack is deep in the backcourt with the return of Jazz Johnson, Lindsey Drew and Jalen Harris among others, but it has only two true big men on the roster in Zane Meeks and K.J. Hymes, a pair of freshmen. Adding frontcourt depth is a priority for first-year coach Steve Alford.
Nevada also has expressed interest in American University transfer Sam Iorio, a 6-6, 230-pound forward who averaged 14.1 points and 6.5 rebounds per game while hitting 124 threes at a 38.8 percent clip in two years at American. He would have to redshirt next season with two years of eligibility remaining. Other teams interested in Iorio include Cincinnati, Hawaii, Washington State and South Alabama.
The Wolf Pack has at least three scholarships remaining, although a fourth could be freed up depending on the status of Jordan Brown, who is currently in the transfer portal.