Nevada basketball coach T.J. Bruce unveiled his 12-player 2020 recruiting class Wednesday with 11 high school seniors from California as well as one junior-college transfer who played most recently in the Golden State.
"We are thrilled about the level of talent we are bringing to Nevada with this class,” Bruce said in a news release. “They all bring different skill sets to the table, but most importantly they fit the culture of Nevada baseball. Coach (Abe) Alvarez and Coach (Troy) Buckley did a fantastic job with this class and we could not be more excited to have them.”
Here is a look at each player in the class.
OF Bryce Tweedt – 6-0/190 – Red Bluff, Calif. (Red Bluff High School)
Coming out of Red Bluff High School, Bryce Tweedt lettered in baseball all four years competing in the Eastern Athletic League. He led his squad to a Northern Section championship in 2018, while being named All-League that year as well as in 2019. Tweedt has spent the last seven years traveling with the Chico Aces where he has developed as a player. His hobbies outside of baseball include hanging out with friends, fishing, skating, weight lifting and playing video games.
RHP/INF Cameron Walty – 6-0/180 – Elk Grove, Calif. (Consumes Oaks High School)
Cameron Walty hails from Elk Grove, Calif. where he lettered in baseball three years as a pitcher. He dominated his first season on the mound, boasting a 0.91 ERA with a 4-0 record in 23 innings pitched including two complete games. Competing in the Delta League, Walty was named All-Metro Second Team 2019, WWBA All-Tournament Team 2019 and the WWBA MVP Pitcher in 2019 as he led his team to a WWBA championship in 2019. He lists Barry Bonds as his sports hero, and came to Nevada because he felt the environment fit him as a person.
RHP Kade Morris – 6-3/165 – Turlock, Calif. (Pitman High School)
Kade Morris has lettered in baseball for the past three years at Pitman High School as well as lettering in football for four years. Before moving to the Central California Athletics League in 2019, he led his school to a CCC Championship in 2018. During the 2018-19 season, Morris made 10 appearances and racked up four wins with a 2.96 ERA. His most memorable moment on the mound came last season when he was the first pitcher to beat their cross town rival, Turlock High School in league play.
C Landon Wallace – 6-2/180 – Roseville, Calif. (Roseville High School)
Landon Wallace lettered in baseball all four years at Roseville High School in the Capital Valley Conference, and has been named the Offensive Player of the Year the past three seasons. In 2019, he hit .452 with eight doubles and two homers and has earned five Perfect Game All-Tournament Team awards. He was named to the Cal Hi All-State Team in 2018, and ranked as the eighth-best catcher in California by Perfect Game. Wallace chose to play at Nevada because of the great coaching staff, to have a chance to play in the College World Series and the beautiful campus.
C Nolan Wilson – 6-2/205 – Roseville, Calif. (Granite Bay High School)
Lettering two years in baseball at Granite Bay High School, Nolan Wilson was named First-Team catcher for the Sierra Foothills League in 2019 as well as a Sac-Metro League Honorable Mention. During the 2018-19 season, Wilson batted .301 in 26 games played with 22 hits, nine RBI, four doubles and a home run. In his free time he enjoys fly fishing and weight lifting and lists Giancarlo Stanton as his sports hero. He came to Nevada because he believes it is an excellent school and offers a great baseball program that will provide him an opportunity to get to the next level.
INF/RHP Ryan Jackson – 5-10/170 – Brentwood, Calif. (Heritage High School)
Lettering three years in baseball at Heritage High School, Ryan Jackson helped lead his school to Bay Valley Athletic League championships in 2018-2019. In 2018 he was named first-team All -League BVAL, and as a junior in 2019 he was named MVP of the league. He holds the Heritage High School record for hitting 53 singles in one season, and had a phenomenal junior season where he hit .582 with 28 RBI while also posting an ERA of 0.76 with a 4-0 record. In his free time, he enjoys finishing, hunting, and lifted trucks. He lists his sports hero as Jose Altuve.
RHP Thomas Caneday – 6’3/205 – Lemon Grove, Calif. (Helix Charter High School)
Lettering in baseball for four years at Helix Charter High School, Thomas Caneday led his school to a Grossmont Hills League championship for three consecutive years from 2017-19. In 2018, he posted a 4-1 record in 15 appearances with a 1.86 ERA. The following year, he boasted a 5-2 record in 17 appearances with an ERA of 1.75. His favorite sports moment came in the CIF San Diego Open Division Tournament in 2019 where he threw his second-career no-hitter. He lists his sports hero as Tim Lincecum.
INF Peyton Stumbo – 6-2/165 – Auburn, Calif. (Placer High School)
Playing at Placer High School, Peyton Stumbo has played in 50 varsity games while holding a career batting average of .331 with 25 RBI. His best season came as a sophomore, hitting .361 with 11 RBI and five doubles. He has scored 30 runs on 55 hits, with a .383 on-base percentage.
INF Justin Durflinger – 6-2/170 – Pleasanton, Calif. (Foothill High School)
At Foothill High School in Pleasanton, Calif., Justin Durflinger played in 20 games during the 2018-19 season accumulating a .382 batting average. He recorded 26 hits with 16 runs scored and 11 RBI. He also smacked five doubles and a home run in 68 at-bats. He also stole seven bases with an OPS of .969.
RHP Blake Bambrick – 6-0/170 – Temecula, Calif. (Great Oak High School)
Pitching at Greak Oak High School, Blake Bambrick posted a 1.31 ERA during the 2018-19 season with a 1-0 record. In 11 appearances, he also recorded three saves in 21.1 innings pitched. He only allowed four earned runs and eight walks with 15 strikeouts. Bambrick showed athleticism as a pitcher, posting a perfect fielding percentage with nine putouts and four assists with no errors.
UTL Dante Zamudio – 5’10 – Sylmar, Calif. (Grace Brethren High School)
In two seasons playing baseball at Grace Brethren High School, Dante Zamudio has hit for a .304 average with a .347 on-base percentage. He has accumulated 28 hits, 24 RBI and 16 runs scored. During the 2018-19 season, he hit one double, one triple and two home runs in 71 at-bats. Zamudio also stole 10 bases that year.
INF Peter Mendazona – 6’1 – Monmouth, Ore. (Feather River Community College)
After one season at Feather River Community College, Peter Mendazona slashed .342 with 45 RBI, 11 doubles, two triples and a home run. He played 43 games and scored 40 runs with 55 hits. Playing the field in 199 total chances, he recorded 62 total chances and 118 assists. On the base paths, Mendazona stole 10 bases last season and was only caught stealing one time.