Eric Parrish departs Nevada, leaving Pack with nine scholarship players

Eric Parrish
Eric Parrish, shown during his season at Arkon, has left the Nevada basketball team. (AP file)

Eric Parrish has left the Nevada basketball team without playing a single minute.

The highly regarded junior-college transfer is no longer part of the program, coach Steve Alford said after the Wolf Pack's exhibition win over Colorado Christian.

"He's left," Alford said. "He's left school and we're going to do everything that we can to help him. We wish him the best. It didn't work out here. It's one of those tings in college basketball that's not a lot of fun, but we're going to do everything we can. Anything he needs from us to assist him with, we'll do that, and we hope he can find a spot he can be highly successful at."

Parrish, a junior, was held out of Nevada's first exhibition game and was not on the bench for the team's game Wednesday night. An exact reason for his departure was not given.

Parrish was the lone member of the Wolf Pack's 2019 recruiting class who signed with Nevada when Eric Musselman was the team's coach. He asked for his release from his national letter of intent after the coaching change to Alford, but eventually re-pledged to the Wolf Pack, joining the team over the summer.

The 6-foot-6, 195-pound wing player was the No. 4-ranked junior-college prospect in the nation last season, per 247Sports, following a solid freshman campaign at Akron, where he averaged 8.8 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in 2017-18.

At Bossier Parish Community College in Louisiana last year, Parrish averaged 18.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 53.8 percent from the field, including 32 percent from three. He made 86.6 percent of his free throws. He was named the state's junior-college player of the year.

Parrish's departure leaves Nevada with just nine eligible scholarship players this season as well as three walk-ons, although one will miss the season as he rehabs a second torn ACL in two seasons. While a big loss, Nisré Zouzoua should see increased playing time as a result. Zouzoua has played well in the exhibition season.

Robby Robinson, who also did not play in the first exhibition, appeared in the 86-55 win over Colorado Christian. The junior-college transfer had one point, six rebounds, two assists and one steal in 17 minutes. He was 0-of-3 from the field.

Nevada opens the regular season Tuesday against Utah.

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