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Former Pack star Babbitt signs with Pelicans

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Former University of Nevada basketball standout Luke Babbitt has signed a two-year contract with New Orleans Pelicans of the National Basketball Association.  Babbitt the 16th pick in the 2010 NBA Draft played 126 games for the Portland Trail Blazers.  He spent part of this season playing for Nizhny Novgorod in Russia where he was averaging 13.3 points and 3.7 rebounds per game.  The Reno native will wear 8 for the Pelicans.

Babbitt played two seasons at Nevada after graduating from Reno's Galena High School.  In two seasons playing for the Wolf Pack he scored 1,316 points and grabbed 554 rebounds.  Appearing in 68 games he averaged 19.4 points and 8.1 rebounds per game.

In 2010 he was named the Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year after earning Freshman of the Year honors in 2009.  Twice he earned first-team All-WAC honors and was named to the All-Newcomer team his freshman season.  In 2010 he was selected as an honorable mention Associated Press All-American and to the ESPN the Magazine second-team academic All-America squad.

Men's basketball radio conflicts

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University of Nevada men's basketball games can be heard locally in Reno on KUUB 94.5 FM and KPLY 630 AM however there will be a few conflicts during the season because of other sporting events being broadcast over one of the stations. 

The Wolf Pack men's basketball games on Nov. 18 at Cal State Bakersfield, Nov. 24 at home versus Morehead State, Nov. 28 in Las Vegas vs. UCLA and the Dec. 22 home game with Iona will not air on KPLY 630 AM. 

In addition to the two local stations Wolf Pack men's basketball can be heard on KUUB 94.3 FM Carson City; KELY 1230 AM Ely; KHWG 750 AM Fallon; KWNA 1400 AM Winnemucca; and KSVL 92.3 FM Yerington during the season.

The Wolf Pack Coaches Show that airs live from the Little Waldorf Saloon on Monday nights at 6 p.m. during the basketball season on both KUUB 94.5 FM and KPLY 630 AM has four conflicts..  The Dec. 2, 9, 16 and 23 shows will be carried only on KPLY 630 AM but not on KUUB 94.5 FM.

Men's basketball games local radio conflicts
Nov. 18 men's basketball game - will air in Reno only on 94.5 FM KUUB
Nov. 24 men's basketball game - will air in Reno only on 94.5 FM KUUB
Nov. 28 men's basketball game - will air in Reno only on 94.5 FM KUUB
Dec. 22 men's basketball game - will air in Reno only on 94.5 FM KUUB

Wolf Pack Coaches radio show conflicts
Dec. 2 Wolf Pack Coaches Show - will air in Reno only on 630 AM KPLY
Dec. 9 Wolf Pack Coaches Show - will air in Reno only on 630 AM KPLY
Dec. 16 Wolf Pack Coaches Show - will air in Reno only on 630 AM KPLY
Dec. 23 Wolf Pack Coaches Show - will air in Reno only on 630 AM KPLY



Nevada basketball teams to wear turquoise uniform on N7 night

n7 logo.jpgThe University of Nevada men's and women's basketball teams will wear a turquoise uniform on their respective N7 nights this season.  The men's game is versus Chattanooga on November 22 and women on Nov. 29 when Idaho comes to Reno.   Over the past several years, the Nevada Athletics Department, in conjunction with Nike, has hosted N7 games at Wolf Pack events to honor Native Americans Heritage Month (November). 

Established in 2000, N7 is inspired by the Native American ecological concept of Seven Generations.  This season marks the first time the men's and women's basketball teams will wear a specific uniform on N7 night.  Turquoise is one of the colors used to promote N7 and was chosen as the uniform color for this season's games.

The turquoise jersey will only be worn for the Chattanooga and Idaho games and is not an alternate jersey that will be worn during the season.  Other Nevada sports programs will also commemorate Native American Heritage Month by participating in the N7 program.

Men's basketball participates in JDRF Walk



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Photo gallery of the walk.

Members of the Nevada men's basketball team, coaches along with their families and other supports staff spent part of Sunday morning at the JDRF Walk held on the Nevada campus.  The Wolf Pack were part of team Double Trouble organized by the family of Amie and Maddie Barnard who were both diagnosed with type 1 diabetes.

The JDRF stands for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  Funds raised from the walk are used for research to find a cure for juvenile diabetes.  There were numerous teams that participated in the walk in support of finding a cure for type 1 diabetes.




Men's basketball spends time at Sparks Marina

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Members of the University of Nevada men's basketball team spent time at the Truckee Meadows Boys and Girls Club Day for Kids 2013 that took place at the Sparks Marina on Saturday.  The players were introduced and at the event and signed autographs and took photos with the kids.

Babbitt to play basketball in Russia

Former University of Nevada basketball standout Luke Babbitt has signed to play for BC Nizhny Novgorod of the Russian Professional Basketball League.  Babbitt played two seasons at Nevada before opting for the 2010 NBA Draft where he was selected 16th by the Minnesota Timberwolves and traded to the Portland Trailblazers on draft night.  He played three seasons in Portland and will now take his talents to Russia. 

Babbitt earned Associated Press honorable mention All-America honors and second-team ESPN the Magazine academic All-America honors his sophomore season at Nevada.  In 2009 he was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and Player of the Year in 2010.  Both years he was named the WAC first team.

In 68 games at Nevada he scored 1,316 points which ranks 14th in school history and his career scoring average of 19.4 points per game is fifth.  During the 2009-10 season he scored a school record 743 points.


Burton Enjoyed Team USA Tryout Experience

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Deonte Burton on his USA Basketball tryout;  "It was a great experience and very humbling to be there and be noticed as one of the top point guards in college basketball.   I gained a lot of experience and got to test my own game against the Big 10 and Big East players and see how my game is different from those players.  It was not much different and it gave me confidence for my senior season.  It could have gone my way and I made the team and represented my country but I have a job to do here at Nevada."

A third-team Mountain West selection Burton averaged 16.3 points per game to rank second on the team and fifth in the conference his junior year.  His 3.61 assists per game led the team and were sixth in the MW.  The 6-1 point guard also ranked sixth in field goal percentage (44.9 %), fifth in steals (1.35 spg), fifth in assist to turnover ratio (1.53) and third in minutes played (34.1 mpg) in the conference.

Burton ranks 10th on Nevada's career scoring list with 1,459 points.  His 121 steals is eighth and 373 assists is ninth all-time at Nevada.

In his first season at Nevada he was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and earned Player of the Year honors as a sophomore after helping the Wolf Pack to a conference title.  His sophomore year he was named to the AP honorable mention squad.





Czyz Helps Italian Squad To Finals

Former University of Nevada men's basketball player Olek Czyz has helped Acea Virtus Roma of the Italian Basketball League reach the finals of the Italy-Serie A.  Acea Virtus Roma will play Montepaschi in the finals which gets underway today.

Playing in 44 games Czyz is averaging 5.8 points and 3.8 rebounds per game.  From the field he is shooting 52 percent and 54 percent from behind the three-point arc. 

Czyz earned first-team All-Western Athletic Conference honors in 2012 and helped the Wolf Pack to the conference title.

Pack Involved In Suits N Sneakers Golf And Gala

Nevada head men's basketball coach David Carter, his staff and the Wolf Pack players will once again be involved in the Suits N Sneakers golf and gala ball event on Friday and Saturday.  The event is a fundraising event for the American Cancer Society. 

Coach Carter and assistant coach Keith Brown will play in Friday's golf event at ArrowCreek Country Club.  The entire coaching staff and players will attend the gala ball at the Atlantis Casino Resort Spa on Saturday evening.  Those attending the black-tie event will wear sneakers.

For information on on the event contact Patti Davidson at 775-828-2204 or patti.davidson@cancer.org.




Burton Receives Team USA Invitation

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University of Nevada senior point guard Deonte Burton has received an invitation to try out for a spot on Team USA's World University Games roster.  The tryouts will be held June 24-July 1 at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo.  The World University Games will be played in Kazan, Russia July 6-17.

A third-team Mountain West selection Burton averaged 16.3 points per game to rank second on the team and fifth in the conference this past season.  His 3.61 assists per game led the team and were sixth in the MW.  The 6-1 point guard also ranked sixth in field goal percentage (44.9 %), fifth in steals (1.35 spg), fifth in assist to turnover ratio (1.53) and third in minutes played (34.1 mpg) in the conference.

Burton ranks 10th on Nevada's career scoring list with 1,459 points.  His 121 steals is eighth and 373 assists is ninth all-time at Nevada.

In his first season at Nevada he was named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and earned Player of the Year honors as a sophomore after helping the Wolf Pack to a conference title.  His sophomore year he was named to the AP honorable mention squad.

Burton's career honors
2010-11: WAC Freshman of the Year, Honorable mention All-WAC, WAC Newcomer team,
WAC Player of the Week, Preseason WAC Newcomer of the Year by Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook, Nevada Rock Award co-recipient
2011-12: WAC coaches preseason Player of the Year, WAC Coaches preseason first-team, WAC media preseason team, WAC Player of the Year, First-team All-WAC, Honorable mention AP All-America, First-team NABC District 6, Nevada team MVP, Nevada Rock Award co-recipient, three-time WAC Player of the Week
2012-13: CBSSports.com preseason MW team, Preseason All-MW media selection, top under-the-radar player by CBSSports, 35th best point guard by CBSSports.com, third-team MW, shared team MVP honors with Malik Story, MW Player of the Week