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Nevada's Zane Meeks, Kane Milling enter transfer portal after sophomore seasons

Zane Meeks
Zane Meeks is transferring after two seasons at Nevada. (Byrne Photo/Nevada athletics)

Wolf Pack sophomores Zane Meeks and Kane Milling have both entered the NCAA transfer portal.

Milling was the first recruit signed by Steve Alford after he got the job in April 2019. Meeks also signed in that class. Both played sizable roles for the Wolf Pack the last two seasons.

"Thank you Reno," Meeks posted on his Twitter account. "4-0 against those boys from down south. Honored to be a part of the Pack for 2 years."

Meeks, a 6-foot-9 forward, averaged 6.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game as a true freshman, shooting 43 percent from the field and 36.4 percent from three. His 40 made 3-pointers were the fourth most for a Wolf Pack freshman.

Meeks grabbed an even larger role this season, starting 10 of the 18 games he appeared in. He 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. 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."

Milling, a 6-foot-4 guard, averaged 2.3 points and 1.4 rebounds per game as a freshman. During his sophomore season, he started four of the team's 26 games and tallied 4.8 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.0 assists per game on 38.5 percent shooting, including 36.8 percent from three. Milling's career high came in the regular-season finale, a win over Colorado State in which he scored 17 points on 5-of-7 shooting, including 4-of-6 from three.

Milling won born in France, where he spent most of his childhood, although he also spent time in the San Diego area. Milling was discovered by Nevada associate head coach Craig Neal, who was Monaco's director of sport where he oversaw 23 youth teams for the ASM Basketball Association that is comprised of players from ages 9-21.

Milling posted a Twitter message the read, "Thank you Reno for these past 2 years, it’s been a blessing. Peace out."

Both Meeks and Milling have three seasons of eligibility left as well as a redshirt season since this season didn't not count against eligibility for winter-sport athletes.

The departure of Meeks and Milling puts the Wolf Pack at 12 scholarship players for next season, one below the NCAA maximum. Nevada enters the offseason two over the limit. Meeks and Milling are the second and third Nevada players to enter the portal this offseason, joining forward Robby Robinson. All three were members of Alford's first recruiting class, which also included transfers Desmond Cambridge Jr., Warren Washington and Johncarlos Reyes.

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