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Ex-Nevada player Zane Meeks transfers to 3-point-loving San Francisco

Zane Meeks
Zane Meeks will play for San Francisco next season. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Zane Meeks is moving a few hours west for his next college destination.

The former Wolf Pack forward, who put his name in the NCAA transfer portal last month, has committed to the University of San Francisco. The 6-foot-9, 215-pound product from Prairie Village, Kan., will have three seasons of eligibility remaining with the Dons starting with the 2021-22 campaign.

Meeks was a part-time starter for Nevada last year before a knee injury sabotaged the end of his season. Starting 10 of the 18 games he appeared in, Meeks averaged 9.0 points and 5.9 rebounds over 22.3 minutes per game, shooting 47 percent from the field and 35.8 percent from three. As a freshman, Meeks averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game on 43 percent shooting, including 36.4 percent from three. His 40 made 3-pointers were the fourth most for a Wolf Pack freshman.

"I am really excited to bring Zane into our program," USF coach Todd Golden said in a news release. "He's a proven front court scorer, who also excels as a rebounder. He can really stretch the floor as a confident perimeter shooter, and has the ability to finish with skilled shots at and around the rim. He's a great student, has a great basketball IQ, and will fit in seamlessly within the other high-achieving student-athletes we have here on the Hilltop."

Last season, Meeks missed three game in January due to a knee injury. After returning for four games against UNLV and Boise State, he didn't play in the Wolf Pack's final five games with knee tendinitis. Meeks' career high in points came in a 72-62 win over UNLV on Feb. 2. He tallied 19 points with eight rebounds. That ended up being one of the last times Meeks played for the Wolf Pack. Alford spoke glowingly about Meeks after that UNLV performance.

"The thing with Zane is he can do it, and I told him that afterwards," Alford said. "'You can guard. You can pass. And obviously you can shoot it and score.' It's just a matter of whether you're going to put your mind to doing the things other than just shooting. When he does that, we're really good because he's a very good rebounder, and I thought his defense in the second half was considerably better. When he guards, his minutes go up. It's really a simple thing for him because we know he can shoot it and I know he can provide a spark for us offensively late in the game."

Meeks joins a USF program that plays in the West Coast Conference. The Dons went 11-14 overall and 4-9 in the WCC last season, which was Golden's second uear with the program. USF went 22-12 overall and 9-7 in the WCC in Golden's first season. The Dons beat Nevada, 85-60, last year and also scored a major upset over then-No. 4-ranked Virginia, 61-60. They also beat NCAA Tournament team Grand Canyon during the regular season.

USF could be a good fit Meeks, who was one of Nevada's best 3-point shooters the last two seasons. The Dons averaged 10.4 made 3-pointers per game last season, the sixth most in the nation. They averaged 30.4 3-point attempts per game, which ranked second nationally behind only St. Josephs (30.4 per game).

There's a good chance Meeks faces the Wolf Pack this upcoming season. Nevada and USF were scheduled to play a two-game series in 2020-21, but the second half of that series, at game at War Memorial at the Sobrato Center, was canceled after local COVID-19 restrictions in the Bay Area.

"In the event a date cannot be agreed upon this year, Sunday's game will move to the 2021-22 season, with the Wolf Pack coming to War Memorial at the Sobrato to complete the original home-and-home series," USF said in a news release in December.

Meeks joins three graduate transfers who previously signed with the Dons, including San Diego's Yauhen Massalski, Columbia's Gabe Stefanini and Duke's Patrick Tapé. Meeks is one of three players transferring this offseason. Kane Milling recently signed with UC Davis while Robby Robinson remains on the transfer market.

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