Nevada basketball is following the lead of schools like Duke, Kentucky and Louisville and will host a pro day next week at the Ramon Sessions Performance Center.
The Wolf Pack can officially begin practice Tuesday and has invited NBA teams to attend Thursday's practice to evaluate the team's talent.
“We are all excited for the first ever pro-day here at Nevada and we are excited to have over half the NBA teams already confirmed,” Wolf Pack coach Eric Musselman said in a news release. “I think it is a great opportunity and honor for our players to get a chance to perform in front of NBA personnel and it is a great selling point for our program as a whole. That being said, we are all aware of the fact that this is just one day in a long season and what happens on this day does not mean we can take for granted our goals for the rest of the season.”
Nevada Sports Net will live stream the event on NevadaSportsNet.com starting at 3 p.m. and produce a one-hour show that will air on our TV channel, Nevada Sports Net, from 8-9 p.m. and 10-11 p.m. Thursday night. The show will re-air encore presentations multiple times in the lead-in to the 2018-19 season, which is the most highly anticipated in school history. The Wolf Pack, which reached the Sweet 16 last season, is projected as a top-10 team this preseason after returning All-Mountain West players Caleb Martin, Cody Martin and Jordan Caroline, who all tested the draft waters before returning for their senior seasons.
Additionally, Nevada added McDonald's All-American Jordan Brown, a 6-foot-11 power forward who will surely draw the attention of NBA scouts during his Wolf Pack career. When he signed with Nevada, Brown said he would like to turn pro after one college season. Brown and the remainder of the Wolf Pack players will get a chance to impress scouts at the pro day, which is commonplace in football but not in basketball. Kentucky was the first to hold a preseason pro day and others have joined the trend. This is Nevada's first attempt at a pro day.
While ESPN's latest two-round mock draft doesn't have any Wolf Pack players being selected, NBAdraft.net has both Martins pegged as early second-round picks, with Cody Martin going 32nd overall to Memphis and Caleb Martin 37th overall to Sacramento. Both Martins were invited to the NBA draft combine and participated in a bevy of individual workouts with NBA teams before pulling their names from the draft with less than 2 hours to go before the withdrawal deadline. Cody Martin participated in last month's Nike Skills Academy, where he drew positive reviews.
The Wolf Pack also will release custom-designed pro day gear for its players and staff.
HOW TO WATCH
Live stream: From 3-4:30 p.m. Thursday on NevadaSportsNet.com
On TV: 8-9 p.m. and 9-10 p.m. Thursday on Nevada Sports Net; encore presentations the following days