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Nevada basketball officially adds three 2021 signees

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Nevada men’s basketball head coach Steve Alford officially announced the signing of three players to its 2021 recruiting class Wednesday. Those three commitments are: Oregon transfer Addison Patterson, along with prep players Jalen Weaver and Nick Davidson.

Patterson, a former four-star recruit out of high school, transferred to Nevada from Oregon in late October. He has three years of eligibility remaining.

The 6-foot-6 guard appeared in 28 games for the Ducks last year — averaging 4.6 points, 1.1 rebounds and 0.5 assists on 56.3 percent from the floor and 35.7 percent from 3-point range.

Patterson will join the Wolf Pack this winter for the 2021 spring semester and must sit out until the spring semester of 2022 under current NCAA rules. The program will likely pursue a waiver from the NCAA in attempt to make him eligible for the full 2021-22 season.

“Addison is a long, athletic guard who can defend multiple positions,” Alford said via a press release. “He was a top-50 player coming out of high school. Addison has the ability to be an impact player due to his skillset and elite athletic ability.”

Weaver is one of the highest-rated recruits in Nevada history. According to 247Sports.com’s grading tracker, Weaver is the 5th-highest graded recruit in program history — placing behind Jordan Brown, Luke Babbitt, Devearl Ramsey and Devonte Elliott.

Weaver, listed at 6-foot-4, was ranked as the No. 39 small forward in the country, per Rivals.com. He was dubbed the 207th-best player and the 41st-best small forward in the 2021 class, per 247Sports.

Weaver averaged 18.8 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, 1.3 steals and 0.7 blocks as a junior at Smoky Hill High School in Aurora, CO. He is currently attending Santa Clarita Southern California Academy in Santa Clarita, Calif.

“Jalen is a versatile combo guard with a tremendous upside,” Alford said. “He’s a big, athletic guard who can play multiple positions in the backcourt. Jalen plays with great energy and with his athleticism, he will only improve.”

Davidson, a three-star prospect, is ranked as the No. 54 power forward in the 2021 class per Rivals and the 283rd-best prospect and the 41st-best power forward in the 2021 class, per 247Sports. He played for Mater Dei High School in in Santa Ana, Calif., where the school has finished in the Top-25 nationally in each of the last two seasons.

As a sophomore, Davidson, listed at 6-foot-8, averaged 9.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assists and 1.2 blocks per contest . As a junior, he averaged 8.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 0.7 steals and 0.8 blocks per game.

Davidson’s father, Kirk, was a center at Nevada (1991-93), while his mother, Kelly (Martin), played for the Nevada women’s volleyball team (1991-94).

“Nick is a skilled, hard-working forward,” Alford said. “He brings both high character and toughness to our team. Nick comes to us from a very good program in Mater Dei, which is coached by the legendary Gary McKnight. Nick is also a legacy player at Nevada as his mom and dad played for the Pack in the early 1990s.”