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Wolf Pack basketball preview: Nevada to face NAIA’s William Jessup Monday

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The Nevada Wolf Pack will play NAIA’s William Jessup Warriors in an exhibition Monday at Lawlor Events Center at 4 p.m. PST.

The Pack were originally supposed to finish the latter of their home-road series with the San Francisco Dons Sunday, but COVID-19 guidelines in the city of San Francisco forced the postponement. Nevada then added William Jessup to the schedule for Monday.

William Jessup has not played an official game yet. The program has played in four games that have been ruled “exhibitions” (thus, not counting towards their record).

Each of their four scrimmage games have been against Divison-I opponents, including Mountain West’s own Fresno State in its first scrimmage that resulted in an 87-47 Warriors loss.

Monday’s game marks its fifth straight exhibition game. Though it won’t account for William Jessup’s record or stats, it will count against Nevada’s.

The Wolf Pack enter off an 85-60 loss versus Dons last Wednesday. Zane Meeks led the team with 15 points on 3-of-4 shooting from beyond the arc.

In William Jessup’s most recent scrimmage, it suffered a 95-62 defeat versus the UC Davis Aggies. Myles Corey led the Warriors with 17 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor with a team-high three steals.

William Jessup went 18-13 last year with a 10-8 Golden State Athletic Conference record.

Nevada (3-1) vs. William Jessup (0-0)

When: Monday, Dec. 7 at 4 p.m. PST

Where: Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nev.

TV: None

Online: TBA

Matchup history: First ever meeting

Breakdown:

Because no games have been counted towards its overall record, William Jessup does not have any counting stats through its first four scrimmage games.

The Warriors lost its top five scorers who accounted for nearly 56 percent of their scoring production.

Their top returning scorer from last year is Tarren Storey-Way. He averaged 7.6 points per game on 54.3 percent shooting — including 40.5 percent from deep — in 19 games (one start). In his lone start, he totaled 10 points with three rebounds.

Corey leads the team in points during this preseason (12.0 ppg) on 48.7 percent shooting. He has totaled double-digit points in each of the last two contests.

Jayden DeJoseph — a Carson City, Nev., native — is totaling 10.0 points per game, netting just 38.2 percent of his shots from the floor. Only four of his 34 field goal attempts have been from inside the arc this preseason.

Nevada is shooting just 40.0 percent, but are hitting 35 percent of its 3-point attempts. It is scoring 65.3 points per game.

Grant Sherfield leads the Wolf Pack in scoring with 15.5 points per game. The former Wichita State transfer is shooting 36.7 percent from the floor and 46.2 percent from 3-point range

Zane Meeks is second on the team in scoring, averaging 11.0 points on 53.3 percent shooting from deep. Meeks has hit a team-most eight 3-pointers — two more than Sherfield and three more than Desmond Cambridge.

Cambridge is the Pack’s only other double-digit scorer (10.0 ppg), though he is shooting an inefficient 34.8 percent from the floor with a 18.5 3-point percentage. He is second in the team in assists (2.3 apg) and third in steals (0.8 spg).

Defensively, Nevada is holding opponents to 34.7 percent shooting and 29.5 percent from beyond the arc.

Nevada is No. 20 in Division-I in defensive rebounds (33.5 drpg) and No. 41 in total rebounds per game (43.3). It has been outrebounded in just one game this year.

No. 5 Nevada Wolf Pack (16-9, 10-7)

Position Number Name Class Height PPG RPG APG FG% 3P%
Position Number Name Class Height PPG RPG APG FG% 3P%
G 25 Grant Sherfield Soph. 6-2 18.3 3.7 6.1 43.5 36.9
G 4 Desmond Cambridge Jr. 6-4 16.3 4.4 2.4 41.6 35.4
G 14 Tre Coleman Fr. 6-7 5.7 3.0 1.8 42.5 37.1
F 20 Daniel Foster Fr. 6-6 4.3 2.6 1.5 48.6 45.5
F 5 Warren Washington Soph. 7-0 9.6 5.8 0.8 57.4 ------ (0-1)

William Jessup (0-0)

Position Number Name Class Height PPG* RPG* APG* FG%* 3P%*
Position Number Name Class Height PPG* RPG* APG* FG%* 3P%*
G 11 Myles Corey Fr. 6-0 12.0 2.3 3.0 48.7% 20.0%
F 22 Jaylen Johnson Jr. 6-6 3.5 1.8 0.8 38.5% 25.0%
F 25 Jayden DeJoseph Jr. 6-5 10.0 2.3 0.0 38.2% 30.0%
F 24 Tarren Storey-Way Sr. 6-6 7.8 4.8 2.3 35.5% 23.5%
C 21 Matt Garrison Jr. 6-8 4.0 3.5 0.5 50.0% -----

*- stats are from the four scrimmage games

Prediction:

  • Nevada: 74
  • William Jessup: 56

I know what you’re thinking. Yeah, that would be a pretty drastic win for the Wolf Pack. William Jessup has not been good in its four scrimmage games. They have dropped all four by an average of 26.8 points — all against Division-I foes. The Pack is a young team that had five days to clean up its mistakes after its blowout loss against San Francisco. I believe the Pack will find its offensive groove and play above-average defense against a group that’s still trying to find its footing against upper level competition. Season record: 2-2