Possible recruit says Nevada is his top choice
Appeal Sports Writer
RENO – Nevada has had some good success with players from Diablo Valley College in the past five years, and it appears a third DVC player is interested in following in the footsteps of Mo Charlo and Demarshay Johnson.
Brandon Adams, a 6-foot-7 forward, was in attendance on Wednesday with Steve Coccimiglio, his junior college coach, and watched Nevada suffer a heartbreaking 74-68 loss to Cal.
Adams said he’s already made an official visit to Saint Mary’s College, and he’s being looked at by Fullerton State and Pepperdine, too. The former San Ramon High star said the Wolf Pack is his top choice right now.
“It’s a long list,” said Adams when asked what he likes about Nevada. “The fans, the coaches and the area. I’ve been interested in Nevada since my junior year. I wish I’d been out there playing tonight.”
Adams said he never has talked to Johnson about coming to Nevada. Under NCAA rules, Nevada coaches can’t talk about a recruitable student-athlete.
Adams has another tie to the Pack. He lived in Seattle when he was younger and watched Pack star Marcelus Kemp play at Garfield High.
What does he bring to the table?
“I’m just a player who plays hard and likes to win, and does whatever he can to help a team win,” Adams said.
Adams said he plans to take an official trip to Nevada in February.
MCGEE HAS HIUGE GAME
JaVale McGee played a career-high 35 minutes on Wednesday and turned in his second consecutive stellar performance.
McGee went 8-for-16 shooting and finished with 19 points, nine rebounds and six blocked shots against California.
The six blocks tied a career high set earlier this year against Central Florida in the season-opening game.
“McGee is the longest kid in America,” Cal’s 6-11 DeVon Hardin said. “Going against him was a challenge.”
McGee is now averaging 14.4 a game and a team-leading 7.4 rebounds a contest.
Lawlor has been jammed with pro scouts the last two years of the Nick Fazekas Era.
Only four scouts representing three different teams were in attendance. Jim Kelly and Masai Ujiri were from the Raptors, Mike Petrie represented the Sacramento Kings and ex-Pack star Tony Ronzone represented the Pistons.
TOUGH YEAR IN WAC
Entering Wednesday’s game, only three teams in the WAC have winning non-conference records – Boise State 3-2, San Jose State 2-1 and Fresno State 4-3 – and Utah State is at the .500 mark at 4-4.
FACTS & FIGURES
The plus-14 rebound margin Cal enjoyed was the biggest in the last one-plus seasons. New Mexico State outrebounded Nevada by 13 in Las Cruces last season … Thus far, Nevada has 12 more turnovers than its opponents and 11 less assists … Kemp enjoyed his second 20-plus scoring game of the season and 25th in his career with his season-best 26-point effort. He has scored in double digits in all five Nevada games and has 67 double-digit games in his career … Nevada visits UOP Saturday at 7 p.m.