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Wolf Pack notes: Nevada hosts two top class of 2022 recruits, adds walk-on

Jordan Pope
Jordan Pope recently took an official visit to Nevada. (Jordan Pope Instagram)

The Wolf Pack is still on the hunt for its first verbal commitment of the 2022 class and hosted one top-175 prospect earlier this week and will do so with another over the weekend.

Jordan Pope, a 6-foot-2 point guard from Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., was on an official visit at Nevada earlier this week. He's rated by as a three-star recruit and the No. 167 prospect in the 2022 class. Pope also has taken an official visit to Wichita State and holds offers from Nevada, Wichita State, San Jose State, New Mexico, Riverside, San Francisco, San Diego and Montana, among others.

Prolific Prep is one of the top prep schools on the West Coast. Former Nevada player Jordan Brown played there before committing to Nevada. The school has already had two players commit to Division I schools in the 2022 class, including Nate Bittle (Oregon) and Fallou Cisse (San Diego).

Nevada also is expected to host combo guard Trey Pettigrew on an official visit this weekend. The 6-foot-3, 175-pounder is a three-star prospect and the No. 141 recruit in the 2022 class, per Pettigrew is originally from Illinois. He played at Fenwick High in Oak Park before transferring to the Phoenix area last season, first at Hillcrest Prep and then at Eduprize High. He returned to Illinois for his senior season to play at Chicago's Kenwood Academy.

Pettigrew is listed among Hoops Report’s top-five prospects in Illinois in the 2022 class. Pettigrew has more than a dozen scholarship offers, including from Missouri, Penn State, Georgia, Nebraska, Illinois, DePaul and Grand Canyon. The Wolf Pack offered Pettigrew a scholarship in late September.

Pettigrew was offered a contract by the upstart Overtime Elite, a bridge league that takes high school athletes onto the pro level. The league said it offers a guaranteed minimum salary of at least $100,000 per year plus bonuses. But Pettigrew turned down that opportunity to play college ball after high school.

"Extremely blessed to receive an offer from the OTE elite league," Pettigrew tweeted last month. "With that being said, playing college basketball has been a dream of mine ever since I can remember. Although this is a great opportunity, I'm going to continue pursuing basketball at the collegiate level and focus on my education. A big thanks to the Overtime family!"

Nevada is expected to have two scholarships available in the 2022 class with seniors AJ Bramah and Desmond Cambridge Jr. due to depart after the season. You can look at the full group of players Nevada is recruiting in the 2022 class here.

Nevada adds walk-on guard Jason Mensah

The Wolf Pack has added a second walk-on to its roster in Jason Mensah, who played his high school ball at Green Valley High in Henderson.

A 5-foot-10 guard, Mensah played in 26 games as a sophomore and averaged 2.8 points, 2.4 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 1.3 steals per game. In 16 games as a freshman, he averaged 1.5 points and 1.3 rebounds. He's listed as a freshman for Nevada.

Mensah joins Caleb Oden, who also is a walk-on freshman at Nevada. A 6-foot-5 wing player, Oden played his high school ball at Dublin (Calif.) High in the Bay Area. Oden was named to the All-Bay Area first team by West Coast Preps during his senior season, a list that included 10 players. As a senior, Oden averaged 17 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.0 blocks per game this season.

Nevada had three walk-ons last season, including Khristion Courseault, who transferred to Houston Baptist in the offseason, as well as Bishop Manogue High grad Gabe Bansuelo and Galena High grad Zachary Williams. Bansuelo was a sophomore last season and Williams a senior. Neither returned for the 2021-22 season.

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