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Former Nevada star Nick Fazekas tests positive for COVID-19

Nick Fazekas
Nick Fazekas had his number retired by Nevada in 2019. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Former Nevada basketball star Nick Fazekas has tested positive for COVID-19, according to his team in Japan.

The Kawasaki Brave Thunders, which plays in Japan's B. League, announced Wednesday its star player had received a positive test. Fazekas underwent a PCR test Saturday, a day after feeling ill during a training session in Arizona, where he lives during the offseason. Fazekas returned to America after the B. League was shut down due to the pandemic in March.

Fazekas, 35, does not have a fever and his family has not shown symptoms, according to the Kawasaki Brave Thunders. The club said Fazekas has not had any personal contact with any player or staff member since returning to the United States.

The 6-foot-11 Fazekas led Nevada to four straight NCAA Tournament bids from 2004-07, including one Sweet 16 appearance, and is the school's all-time leading scorer and second in rebounds and blocks. He was recently inducted into the Wolf Pack's Hall of Fame and was the second player in program history to have his number retired.

Fazekas is one of two players to win three WAC player of the year awards and was the sixth player in NCAA history to tally at least 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds, shoot 50 percent from the field and shoot 80 percent from the free throw line in college.

Fazekas was a second-round NBA draft pick in 2007 and spent one season in the league before eventually landing in Japan, where he's been on the league's top players. He was the MVP of Japan's top league in 2016-17 and was averaging 23.2 points, 11 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game this year when the season was canceled.

He became a naturalized Japanese citizen in 2018 and represented the country in the FIBA World Cup in 2019. Fazekas is expected to play for Japan in the 2021 Olympics, which were delayed a year because of COVID-19.

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