No More Fazekas

By Rhiannon Potkey - October 10, 2007


SALT LAKE CITY -- Nevada is beginning life without Nick Fazekas this season. The star forward was taken in the second round of the NBA draft by the Dallas Mavericks.

"How do you replace a player like that?" Nevada head coach Mark Fox said. "It will have to be by-committee."

Fazekas averaged 21.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game last season, and was Nevada's all-time career scoring leader.

Fox's fellow WAC coaches didn't express much sympathy for his plight.

"Don't feel sorry for the Pack," Boise State coach Greg Graham said. "They are still going to be pretty good."
Fresno State coach Steve Cleveland echoed those sentiments.

"I am grateful," Cleveland said. "We didn't do a very good job guarding Nick."

The Wolfpack also lost third-leading scorer Ramon Sessions, and will depend heavily on returning starter Marcelus Kemp.

"Last year we didn't need much leadership," Fox said. "But Marcelus will need to be more of a leader."

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It was the first media day for Boise State players Matt Nelson and Reggie Larry. Nelson said the best part was the "Free food. That part is cool."

While some college players prefer to watch NBA guys like LeBron and Kobe, Nelson watches "borderline NBA guys because I like to see myself and see if I can possibly get there. The small-school guys are at the lower end of the depth chart."

Nelson said fellow Seattle resident Nick Collison is one of his favorites because "I see my game in him too."

Larry spoke to former Boise Stater Colby Karl last night. Karl is in training camp with the Los Angeles Lakers in Hawaii. "He said he is doing pretty good. He said he played well last night."

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- Kemp couldn't attend media day because he has a presentation to make in class. The Nevada senior guard held a conference call by phone here and the reporters crowded around the table to listen to his voice emanate from a black box. Kemp wants to graduate in December, so he can fully focus on basketball.

- Idaho coach George Pfeifer said his team had a "gosh awful frontline last year." The Vandals have "added more beef and more size."

- Fox said Nevada sophomore JaVale McGee continues to mature and grew 1/2 inch over the summer. "He still doesn't shave," Fox said.

- Fresno State has Bryan Harvey and Rekalin Sims, but San Jose State coach George Nessman is worried about another player. "Fresno State goes as Kevin Bell goes," he said. "He really directs that team.

Posted by Rhiannon Potkey at 03:50 PM on October 10, 2007
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