The Nevada basketball team is on the board in the 2021 class.
The Wolf Pack received a verbal commitment Wednesday night from three-star recruit Nick Davidson, the son of two former Nevada athletes. Davidson took an official visit to Nevada in October. The news of his commitment was first reported by 247Sports.com. Davidson also had offers from Cincinnati, George Washington, Georgia Tech, Hawaii, Oklahoma State, Pepperdine, San Diego and UC Riverside.
"I chose Nevada because it checks all the boxes," Davidson told 247Sports.com. "I love the coaching staff and the team. Both of my parents were alumni there, so it's really cool to follow in their footsteps."
Davidson is a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from Santa Ana, Calif. His father, Kirk, was a center for the Wolf Pack from 1991-93 and averaged 5.3 points and 2.4 rebounds per game. His mother, Kelly (formerly Martin), played for the Nevada volleyball team.
Davidson is a three-star recruit via Rivals.com and is currently unranked by 247Sports.com, although he was listed as the No. 234 prospect in the class by that recruiting service when he took his official visit.
Davidson played for Santa Margarita High as a freshman before transferring to rival Mater Dei High, an elite program that has sent several players to the NBA. During his sophomore season, Davidson averaged 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.2 blocks and 1.0 assists per game as Mater Dei went 29-5 and was ranked 21st in the nation in the final MaxPreps rankings. As a junior, Davidson averaged 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game as Mater Dei went 25-8 and finished 22nd in the nation.
Mater Dei alums David and Travis Wear played at UCLA under Nevada head coach Steve Alford.
Mater Dei's 2021 class was loaded with prospects, including two players already committed to schools: combo guard Devin Askew, the No. 31-ranked prospect in the class committed to Kentucky, and center Harrison Hornery, the No. 174-ranked prospect in the class committed to USC. The school's 2021 class also includes center Wilhelm Breidenbach, the No. 95-ranked prospect who is uncommitted. Askew recently reclassified to the 2020 class.
Given that depth in the frontcourt, Davidson has largely come off the bench season, but he's also considered a strong prospect. Davidson could play power forward or center in college and is seen as a solid post player and good passer who could develop a 3-point shot in time.
"I bring hard work, shooting and rebounding, and I'll be a great teammate," Davidson told 247Sports. "I want to win Mountain West titles and go to the NCAA Tournament."
In August 2018, PrepHoops.com wrote of Davidson: "The 6-foot-8 forward had his full scoring repertoire on display. Davidson, who saw some minutes as a freshman for the Eagles last season, was knocking down face-up 15 footers and also spreading the floor to the 3-point line. Where Davidson will make his biggest impact this season, however, is on the block as he showed impressive post presence and a jump hook shot that is tough to guard."
In September 2018, recruiting analyst Joel Francisco wrote of Davidson: "Arguably the most improved player in the Class of 2021 is Davidson. The skilled 4-man played at the varsity level, but wasn’t ready for the physicality. However, a season later, he is evolving into a heck of a player. He has that lengthy frame that colleges covet and he is becoming more bouncy and productive in the paint. He can finish with either hand, pop in a deep 3, or finish with a dunk in transition."
Nevada only has only scholarship available in the 2021 class unless it further tinkers with its roster over the next several months.