Lindsey Drew, the longest-tenured player on the Nevada basketball roster, will return to Reno for his senior season, he said in a tweet Tuesday afternoon.
The Southern California native, who was the second player to commit to Nevada after Eric Musselman became the team's head coach in 2015, put his name in the transfer portal following the hiring of Steve Alford. But he reaffirmed him commitment to the Wolf Pack and will return for his fifth season on campus.
Drew missed last year while rehabbing a torn Achilles suffered Feb. 14, 2018 and then had surgeries to both hips. Prior to last year, he was one of Nevada's most steady players of the Musselman era. Drew used his redshirt season last year and has one year of eligibility remaining.
In 99 games, including 92 starts, at Nevada, Drew has averaged 6.4 points, 4.5 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game. As a junior, Drew averaged 8.1 points, 4.3 assists and 4.1 rebounds per game and was playing the best ball of his Nevada career prior to tearing his Achilles. He was shooting 48.4 percent from the field, including 39 percent from three, during his junior season. He shot 80.6 percent from the free throw line. he posted an assist-to-turnover ratio better than three-to-one and was named to the All-MW defensive team.
Drew is one of the winningest players in program history. He has appeared in 74 Wolf Pack wins, which ranks 11th in program history alongside Kevinn Pinkney. In 2019-20, he could become the third member of Nevada's 100-win club, joining Nick Fazekas (104) and Marcelus Kemp (102).
Drew's return beefs up an already-solid Wolf Pack backcourt, which includes Jazz Johnson, Nevada's top returning scorer at 11 points per game, and Jalen Harris, a transfer from Louisiana Tech who averaged 15.3 points per game as a sophomore for the Bulldogs. Each of those three could find their way into the starting lineup.
Drew is the ninth player to commit to Nevada's roster next season, including Johnson, Harris, Nisré Zouzoua, junior-college transfer Eric Parrish, redshirt freshman big man K.J. Hymes and incoming recruits Kane Milling and Zane Meeks as well as transfer Desmond Cambridge.