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Breaking down Nevada basketball's depth chart for the 2019-20 season

Lindsey Drew
Lindsey Drew is returning to Nevada in 2019-20. (Nevada athletics)

The Nevada Wolf Pack basketball team has one scholarship open as coach Steve Alford looks to round out his roster, but we have a pretty good idea of what his first team in Reno will look like. Here's our best guess at what Nevada's starting lineup will be in 2019-20, which we will add to if the Wolf Pack fills its final scholarship.

Point guard

Starter

Lindsey Drew, sr.: The four-year starter is coming off Achilles surgery as well as double hip surgery, so he could be rusty as he'll go more than 20 months between college games. But if he's fully healthy, Drew is one of the best point guards in the nation. He's a high-level and long defender who had better than a three-to-one assist-to-turnover ratio as a junior. He's also an improved offensive player who has hit 41.6 percent of his threes in his last two college seasons while becoming a better finisher at the rim. Drew is a traditional pass-first point guard who makes others better. The Wolf Pack has a number of players who like to play with the ball in their hands, but Drew is the team's top point guard option.

Backup

Kane Milling, fr.: The freshman from France is a combo guard, so he could be groomed as a point guard or shooting guard. Point guard seems like his most likely long-term role. He probably won't get a ton of minutes with Jazz Johnson, Jalen Harris and Eric Parrish all capable of initiating offense, but he's a high-IQ player and capable shooter who needs to adjust to the quicker-paced, more physical brand of American basketball. He's a development player.

Shooting guard

Starter

Jazz Johnson, sr.: Johnson was Nevada's sixth man last season and could return to that role if the Wolf Pack adds a true center. But we'll slot him in the starting lineup for now. Either way, he's going to get a lot of minutes and is a crucial piece in spacing the floor for slashers Jalen Harris and Eric Parrish. Johnson is Nevada's top returning scorer after averaging 11 points per game last season. He also posted an assist-to-turnover ratio near two-to-one. Johnson made 45.2 percent of his 3-pointers last year, which would have ranked 10th in the nation if he had enough makes to qualify. Johnson can improve defensively (his defensive rating of 101.8 last year was the worst on the team), but he's a lights-out shooter who should get more pick-and-roll opportunities.

Backup

Nisré Zouzoua, sr.: It's easy to forget how good Zouzoua was at Bryant given his struggles at Nevada last season. Zouzoua averaged 20.3 points per game as a sophomore at Bryant while knocking down 92 3-pointers. But in his first year with the Wolf Pack, he tallied just 1.3 points per game while making only 3-of-29 3-pointers (10.3 percent). Alford has expressed great confidence in Zouzoua, who got a fresh start with the Wolf Pack after the program's coaching change.

Small forward

Starter

Jalen Harris, jr.: Harris is a potential star in the making and would have played big minutes on last year's super talented team if he was eligible (instead, he was redshirting thanks to NCAA transfer roles). Harris transferred out of Louisiana Tech halfway through his sophomore season, so it's been a long time since he's played in a game, but he's a dynamic and versatile scorer in the mold of Caleb Martin. Harris averaged 15.3 points per game in his last season at Tech, making 47.8 percent of his shots, including 44.4 percent of his threes. He also got to the free throw line at a high rate. Nevada lost a lot of star talent this offseason, but it'd be a surprise if Harris wasn't an all-conference player this season.

Backup

Robbie Robinson, so.: Robinson is probably more likely to play power forward than small forward, but he's capable of logging minutes at both positions. He is a junior-college transfer who is two years removed from high school ball (he took a season off after his prep career ended), so he's more developed physically than your average sophomore. He's an excellent rebounder who also is a good shooter, so he could soak up solid minutes this season as a stretch four or backup wing.

Power forward

Starter

Eric Parrish, jr.: Parrish's natural position is small forward, but if Nevada wants to start with its best five players on the court, it could shuffled Parrish down to power forward as he's an excellent rebounder and really versatile player. The 6-foot-6, 195-pound Parrish played at Akron as a freshman before a strong junior-college campaign in Louisiana last year in which he averaged 18.4 points, 8.7 rebounds, 6.4 assists, 2.1 steals and 1.0 blocks per game while shooting 53.8 percent from the field. If Nevada goes with this starting five, it would have a really dynamic group of offensive players who have the ability to shoot, break you down off the dribble, space the floor and get to the rim for buckets or fouls. Defense and rebounding would be another story.

Backup

Zane Meeks, fr.: Meeks is a 6-9 stretch four who played for a national prep school last season. He averaged 9.8 points per game during his senior season and hit 80 3-pointers at a 44.5 percent clip while playing alongside elite talent, so he's used to finding a niche among talented teammates. Meeks and Robinson would appear to be locked in a battle for minutes as they're similar players, with Meeks offering a little more shooting and Robinson a little more rebounding.

Center

Starter

K.J. Hymes, fr.: Nevada has gone after a number of big guys since Alford was hired but hasn't landed a traditional center who is eligible to play this season, so Hymes takes this role until further notice. He's a legit 6-10 but is still fairly slight, so he's a better fit at power forward than center. But Hymes has good length and played at prep powerhouse Hillcrest Prep. He also had a redshirt year at Nevada last season to work on his body and adjust to the speed to the game. Hymes has a solid post game and is a capable shooter. Given the rest of Nevada's roster, the Wolf Pack needs a center who can defend, rebound and alter shots more than anything else.

Backup

Johncarlos Reyes, sr.: At 6-10 and 225 pounds, Reyes is the sturdiest of Nevada's big men. He's a graduate transfer from Boston College who played spaingly in the ACC but will get a chance for a bigger role in the Mountain West. He's probably a 50-50 shot to win the starting job at center given his size, experience and length. Nevada really needs defense out of the center position and Reyes was a big-time shot blocker in high school, although he didn't swat a lot of shots for the Eagles (29 blocks in 91 games). The Wolf Pack was in search of some frontcourt help all offseason and eventually landed Reyes to fill that void.

Redshirting

Warren Washington, so.: The Oregon State transfer is a high-ceiling player who will help Nevada's frontcourt in 2020-21 after sitting out this season under NCAA transfer rules.

Desmond Cambridge, jr.: The Brown transfer averaged 16.5 points per game over two seasons at Brown and will work on becoming a more well-rounded player and higher efficiency scorer in his redshirt season.

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