Billy Allen (1981-83/ Basketball) A point guard for the 1981-82 and 1982-83 Wolf Pack, Billy Allen set Nevada's single-season assist record (2490) in 1981-82 on his way to a career total of 936, which at the time was the most in history of the NCAA.
A point guard for the 1981-82 and 1982-83 Wolf Pack, Billy Allen set Nevada’s single-season assist record (240) in 1981-82 on his way to a career total of 936, which at the time was the most in history of the NCAA. The 240 assists still stood as Nevada’s season record in 1994 when he was inducted into the hall of fame. The next year he set Nevada’s single season free throw shooting record of 88.6 percent, another record which still stood at the time his name was inducted. Allen transferred to Nevada from Southern Methodist where he set the Southwest Conference’s career assist record in just two seasons there (468). He was SMU’s most valuable player as a sophomore. At Nevada, he was second team all-Big Sky as a junior, first team all conference as a senior. Despite being a prolific, unselfish passer, Allen scored 1,444 points for his career, and average of 13.2 per game. He had 143 career steals and shot 81.9 percent for his career from the free throw line. In the summers between his sophomore, junior and senior years, he represented the United States on two international teams. His USA select team toured Korea and Japan, winning 17 games without a loss and capturing two championships. The following year his Summer Olympics team was 4-0 at Colorado Springs, winning the championship. He was named to the all-star team of that tournament. Billy went on to become an executive with the Converse Corporation and lived in Dallas.
University of Nevada sophomore Mitchell Van Patten’s outstanding shooting this season along with his freshman year and his performance at the Winter Airgun Championships this past weekend has earned him a spot on the USA Junior National Team. Van Patten, from Nampa, Idaho is one of 14 shooters on the junior team.