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Pack player preview: Lindsey Drew faces a big decision

Lindsey Drew
Lindsey Drew could redshirt this season. (Anthony Resnick/Nevada Sports Net)

Nevada Sports Net’s Chris Murray will break down each of Nevada’s 12 eligible scholarship players prior to the Wolf Pack basketball team’s season opener Nov. 6 versus BYU. We will count the players down in alphabetical order using their last names. Today’s player: Lindsey Drew.

Lindsey Drew

Class: Senior

Number: 14

Position: Point guard

Height/weight: 6-4/180

Hometown: Encino, Calif.

2017-18 stats: 29.2 mpg, 8.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 4.3 apg, 1.0 spg, 0.9 bpg, 48.4 FG%, 39.0 3PT%, 80.6 FT%

Likely role: We don’t know yet. Drew is rehabbing a torn Achilles suffered last Valentine’s Day and could use his redshirt this season and wait until 2019-20 to make his return. Or he could play this season, although he wouldn’t be ready for the beginning of the year. Drew would be a nice addition to any team given his pass-first point guard mentality, defensive acumen, ability to finish at the rim and 3-point accuracy (41.6 percent the last two seasons). However, Nevada appears to be deep in the backcourt (it didn’t look like it against Washington, we know) and could use help on that 2019-20 roster as the team will lose at least six scholarship seniors. It will be a tough decision for Drew, who could fit in as a nice role player this year or be more the star of the show next season. Coach Eric Musselman said it's completely up to Drew and his family on whether he will play this season; Drew said he hasn’t made his mind up yet.

Key stat: 30 — Drew is 30 wins shy of tying the school record for victories by a Wolf Pack player in his career, a mark held by Nick Fazekas (104). Drew has 74 career wins, which is tied for 10th in school history with Kevinn Pinkney. Drew was on pace to push past Fazekas before the Achilles injury. That cost him seven victories last season. Drew is now a long shot to break that wins record now, but he could become the third player in school history to hit the century mark, joining Fazekas and Marcelus Kemp (102). It’d be appropriate if he did join that list as Drew is a winning player.

In his words: “It’s probably going to be the hardest decision I have to make since picking the school I wanted to go to in college. … I don’t think I’m going to take it that far (into January). I don’t want to stretch it out and make it a distraction, so I’ll make a decision and make sure I make the right decision. … It’s been pretty tedious. I can see the light at the end of the tunnel with running and jumping. The first 6 or 7 months, I was just doing rehab every day and stretching and real basic stuff. … Early on, I was talking to Chauncey Billups. He gave me some tips and told me what it was going to be like and he was 100 percent right. … My parents told me to do whatever I want. I want to make the best decision for me. I’m a grown person. I’m just looking out for my career. If I come back, I’ll be on one of the best teams, if not the best team, we’ve had at Nevada. If I sit out, it will be better for my career. … I definitely believe in this team. We definitely have everything we need. We had a good year last year, but I think we got a lot better. We have a few more guys who can score, we have bigs now, we have depth, so definitely everything is lined up. … I feel like this is home. I feel like family here. I trust everybody. You don’t find that a lot.”

Sports columnist Chris Murray provides insight on Northern Nevada sports. Contact him at crmurray@sbgtv.com or follow him on Twitter @MurrayNSN.

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