Former Marquette point guard Duane Wilson is considering Nevada as a graduate transfer option, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein reported Monday morning.
On March 20, ESPN reporter Jeff Goodman announced that Wilson intends to graduate from the university in May and pursue a new team for the 2017-18 season. Because Wilson will be a graduate transfer, he is not required to sit out a season.
Wilson has enjoyed a productive three years as a Golden Eagle, scoring 908 points and averaging 24.5 minutes per game despite a coaching change midway through his time with MU. This past season was a significant drop off of what most were expecting out of Wilson, however.
The consensus four-star recruit out of Milwaukee combined for 44 starts in his first two seasons with Marquette, averaging 11.9 and 11.6 points per game, respectively. However, his role was not nearly as significant in his junior season, playing just 16.4 minutes per game (after 28+ his first two years) and scored 4.8 points per game including a career-low 14 made three-pointers. Anonymous Eagle, SB Nation’s Marquette site, said that “It was clear (Wilson) was the heart and soul of the team, not just on the floor but off it as well.”
Though Wilson has yet to record a seasonal field goal percentage higher than 43%, the addition of a point guard from a power conference who has been known for maturity and professional would greatly behoove a Wolf Pack squad that will be dealing with offseason roster changes of its own.
Nevada head coach Eric Musselman will have a busy spring keeping tabs on potential NBA Draft prospect Cameron Oliver, whose jump to the pros would leave four open scholarship spots for the upcoming season. The Wolf Pack will welcome four transfers this upcoming season, including former Purdue guard Kendall Stephens, North Carolina State twins Cody and Caleb Martin, as well as ex-Iowa State Cyclone Hallice Cooke. Shawntrez Davis, a four-star JUCO power forward prospect according to ESPN’s recruiting database, has also signed his letter of intent to play for the Wolf Pack in the 2017-18 season.
Wilson is also considering Texas A&M, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Virginia. Only Virginia and Arkansas made the NCAA Tournament this past season among those teams.