Nevada basketball coach Steve Alford finalized Thursday the first portion of his 2020 recruiting class by signing five players, all of which are high school prospects. The Wolf Pack has one more available scholarship for the April signing period.
“This class fills a lot of future needs for our program,” Steve Alford said in a news release. “As we build our culture each of these young men are exactly what we look for: interested in their education, unselfish approach to winning and a commitment to be better daily.”
Hometown: Phoenix (PHHoenix Prep)
Position: Shooting guard
Alford quote: "Alem is a tough, heady shooting guard. He really knows how to create and make shots. A fierce competitor who really knows how to play.”
In short: Helped Chaparral High School in Phoenix to the 6A Arizona state championship game last season. Scored 18 points. Has played internationally for Bosnia & Herzegovina. Averaged 14.2 points and 1.9 rebounds per game as a junior. He is attending PHHoenix Prep this season.
Hometown: Phoenix (PHHoenix Prep)
Position: Power forward
Alford quote: “Dre has a tremendous ceiling as a basketball player. He is a strong and athletic player who loves to compete at both ends of the floor. He will improve daily due to how hard he works.”
In short: Averaged a double-double at Mountain Point High School in Phoenix where he scored 12.2 points and grabbed 10.2 rebounds per game as a junior. Henry blocked 1.5 shots and shot 62 percent from the field and 72 percent at the free throw line. He is playing his senior season at PHHoenix Prep alongside future Pack teammate Alem Huseinovic. Was a three-star recruit as a football player (offensive line).
Hometown: Jeffersonville, Ind. (Jeffersonville High)
Position: Small forward
Alford quote: “Tre is a big athletic wing who can defend all over the court. He gives us a ton of versatility. A high level athlete who will bring energy on both sides of the ball.”
In short: Averaged 16 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.4 steals and 2.1 blocks per game as a junior. From the field he shot 59 percent, 38 percent from behind the arc and 65 percent at the free throw line. The Indianapolis Star ranked him as the fourth-best recruit in the state of Indiana.
Hometown: Melbourne, Australia (Golden State Preparatory School)
Position: Point guard
Alford quote: “Daniel is a versatile guard who can play a variety of positions. A tough minded competitor who knows how to play the game. We’ve had tremendous success with Australian born players.”
In short: From Melbourne but plays Golden State Preparatory School in Napa, Calif. He has represented Australia in the FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup and earned all-tournament honors. Foster was a member of the Victoria State Championship team the Hume City Broncos and was nominated as the Youth Player of the Year. At the Australian Under 20 National Tournament, he represented Victoria and was named to the all-state team. He averaged 4.9 assists and 3.6 steals per game in the tournament.
Hometown: Oakland, Calif. (Archbishop Riordan High School)
Position: Combo guard
Alford quote: “Je’Lani is a high energy, high motor player. He has a very high basketball IQ and is committed to being a great player. He has the ability to lead a team and program.”
In short: As a junior, he averaged 15.5 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.4 assists and two steals. From the field he shot 51 percent and 35 percent from behind the arc last season. He has averaged double figures each of his three seasons of high school increasing from 10.8 as a freshman to 15.2 his sophomore season and 15.5 as a junior. In 82 career games at ARHS, he is averaging 13.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game.