Wolf Pack make second-half push, but end up succumbing to the Cowboys
Nevada Returns for his junior year after being named the 2012 WAC Player of the Year and helping guide Nevada to the conference title ... Named to CBSSports.com Preseason MW team and media Preseason All-MW team ... CBSSports Top under-the-radar player and ranked as the 35th best point guard by CBSSports.com ... In addition to being named WAC POY he was an AP honorable mention All-America selection ... Fourth Nevada player to earn the WAC POY honor and third Pack sophomore to grab the honor ... Also the fourth Pack player to earn the WAC POY honor after being named the preseason POY ... Needs 46 points to reach 1,000 career points and become the 23rd player in school history to score 1,000 points ... Has started all 67 games during his career at point guard ... Averaged at team-high 14.8 points and 4.2 assists per game last season.
2011-12: A breakout season had him earn numerous honors including; WAC Player of the Year, honorable mention AP All-America, first-team NABC District 6, first-team All-WAC, preseason coaches' WAC Player of the Year, WAC media preseason team, team's Rock Award co-recipient and team MVP ... Led the team and ranked fifth in the WAC averaging 14.8 points per game starting all 35 games ... Third on the team with 24 double figure scoring games ... In 13 road games averaged 19.5 points, shot 44.9 percent from the field, 43.5 percent from behind the arc and 78.3 percent from the free throw line ... Nine times scored 20 or more points to top the team and produced the Pack's only 30-point game finishing with 31 in Nevada's 76-73 overtime victory over Washington (12/2/11) ... In the UW game he hit a three-pointer with 4.3 seconds to play to send the game into overtime and scored 19-of-22 points in one stretch of the second half from 5:54 to play with his final point coming with one minute left in overtime ... In overtime of the UW game he scored eight of the Pack's 10 points and assisted on the other two ... In 11 games either scored or tied for game-high honors in points which led the team ... Named WAC Player of the Week three times; Nov. 28-Dec. 3 when he scored 31 points in the Pack's overtime victory over Washington, Dec. 5-11 after averaging 24.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, 5.5 assists, shot 47.8 percent and 54.5 percent from the field and Jan. 2-8 when he averaged 25.5 points, three rebounds, 5.5 assists, shot 59.4 percent and 46.7 percent from behind the arc ... In the WAC ranked in the top 10 in seven categories and in conference only play also ranked in the top 10 in seven categories ... Received second basketball letter.
2010-11: Named WAC Freshman of the Year, to the WAC honorable mention squad and the WAC Newcomer team ... Fourth Pack player to earn WAC Freshman of the Year honors ... Shared the team's Rock Award with Dario Hunt, the award is annually presented to the player who represents the identity and foundation of the team as chosen by the coaches and team ... Started all 32 games and led the team averaging 3.5 assists per game and was second in scoring at 13.7 points per game ... Topped the Pack in WAC play scoring 15.8 points per contest ... Shot 74.6 percent from the free throw line which was tops among the regulars ... Averaged a team-high 4.3 free throws made and 5.8 attempted ... Among all WAC freshmen led the conference in scoring (13.7 ppg), assists (3.5 apg) and field-goal percentage (42.2 %) ... In WAC-only games led the conference freshman in the same categories averaging 15.8 ppg, 3.4 apg, shot 48.7% and topped freshmen in 3-point field goal percentage making 45.5 percent of his attempts ... Ranked in the top 15 in five categories in the WAC and in conference play ranked in seven ... 24 double figure scoring games was second to Malik Story's 25 ... Six 20-point contests tied Dario Hunt for tops on the squad ... Posted a double-double in just his third collegiate game with 10 points and 11 assists vs. Pepperdine in a Dick's Sporting Goods Preseason NIT game played at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion ... Eleven assists were tied for the high for an individual in the WAC ... Ten times led Nevada in scoring, which was second to Dario Hunt's 12 and once led the Pack in rebounding ... Had a stretch of three consecutive 20-point games with 23 at Idaho (1/12/11), 20 at Boise State (1/15/11) and 22 in a home contest with New Mexico State (1/20/11) ... Strung together nine consecutive double-figure scoring games and reached the mark in 15-of-16 games during the stretch ... Jan. 17-23 Verizon WAC Player of the Week after averaging 20.0 points, 6.0 assists, 3.0 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game, shot 75.0 percent (15-of-20) from the field and 71.4 percent (5-of-7) from 3-point range ... Season-high 24 points at Louisiana Tech (3/3/11) making eight-of-15 field goals, four-of-five, 3-pointers and four-of-eight free throws ... Scored in all 32 games ... Earned first basketball letter.
High School A 2010 graduate of Compton (Calif.) Centennial High School ... Won the John R. Wooden High School Player of the Year award following his senior year ... Named CIF Southern California Division III Player of the Year ... Averaged 21.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 5.0 assists per game as a senior ... Scored more than 2,000 points during his high school career.
Personal General studies major ... The son of Derek and Loretta Burton of Lawndale ... His father works for Nike Sport and his mother is a bus driver at Disneyland ... Has two older brothers, Derek Jr. (32) and Derrion (27), and an older sister, Delisa (25) ... Full name is Deonte Deron Burton.