With the Nevada basketball season ending prematurely due to the coronavirus, we will recap the season of every scholarship player on the Wolf Pack’s roster and preview what is to come next season for that player. The players will be chronicled in alphabetical order. Today’s player: Lindsey Drew.
2019-20 stats: 11.4 points, 6.6 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.4 steals, 49.1 FG%, 39.8 3PT%, 74.2 FT%
Best game: Drew’s best game of the season – and I could argue the Wolf Pack’s top moment given how much Drew means to the fans and what he was returning from – came in the season opener when the fifth-year senior tallied 30 points, eight assists, six rebounds and made five 3-pointers without a turnover in a 79-74 loss to Utah in his first game played in nearly two years. Drew was the first college player since at least 2010 to post those numbers without a turnover in a single game.
Season in review: Returning from a torn Achilles and double-hip surgery, Drew showed no rust. He set career highs in many offensive statistical categories and ranked third on the team in defensive efficiency behind Robby Robinson and Jazz Johnson. A point guard, Drew pulled off the rare feat of leading his team in rebounds and assists and was top three in scoring, blocks, made field goals and 3-point percentage. It was his best individual season at Nevada and his all-around game will be hard to replace as he departs campus after five years.
Number to note: 1 – Drew’s career stat line includes 900+ points, 600+ rebounds, 500+ assists, 150+ steals and 100+ blocks, something no Wolf Pack player has ever accomplished. He finished fourth in wins in school history with 93. There are plenty of numbers to choose from, but I’ll pick the number one. Despite all this success, Drew only played in one NCAA Tournament game, which is a surprise given all of the team’s success the last few years. Injuries robbed Drew of playing in the Sweet 16 run or on last year’s top-10 team. His only NCAA Tournament game came in his sophomore season when Drew tallied nine points, two assists and a rebound on 4-of-6 shooting in a loss to Iowa State. He deserved more chances on the big stage.
A look ahead to next year: Drew has been a mainstay for Nevada, and the program’s first fifth-year senior to spend his entire career in Reno since Marcelus Kemp, so he will be missed by fans and hard to replace by the team. In terms of his career moving forward, Drew is clearly a pro. He’s not going to be drafted, but his size, basketball IQ, bloodlines and versatility could make him a training camp invitee (getting on a summer league team, if there is a summer league, won't be an issue). Drew’s pro career will likely start in the G League, but he could play double-digit years as a pro as long as he’s healthy.
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