Wolf Pack basketball loses another to transfer
April 3, 2014
An already dismal outlook for the 2014-15 Nevada Wolf Pack men's basketball season grew even more dreary this week. Cole Huff, arguably the best player returning off of this past season's 15-17 team, has decided to leave the program with two years of eligibility remaining. This is the most damaging transfer loss for the Pack since forward Malik Cooke left the program after the 2008-09 season. The 6-foot-8 Huff (12.4 points, 5.4 rebounds last year) was the Pack's best shooter, one of its best rebounders and one of its most consistent and reliable players. It looks like coach David Carter has yet another ready-made excuse for yet another losing season at Nevada.
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The Wolf Pack needs to figure out why Carter can't keep his players happy. It can't be that the players are merely Pack rats jumping off a sinking ship. Huff is the fifth player to transfer away in the last two seasons. Why would Huff, a good player but not a great one, leave a program where he was guaranteed big-time minutes for the next two seasons? Why would Devonte Elliott, Kevin Panzer, Jordan Burris and Jordan Finn — four players who were lucky to be on a Division I roster — all leave last year? The Reno Aces seem to have more stability than Carter's Wolf Pack from one year to the next. The Pack needs to figure out what, exactly, Carter is building at Nevada. After five years his building site is still merely a hole in the ground.
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Wolf Pack offensive lineman Joel Bitonio seems to be headed to a long NFL career. Bitonio, a starter at Nevada the last three seasons, could be drafted this spring as early as late in the first round. NFL scouts seem to love his character, work ethic and size (6-4, 320 pounds) as well as his competitive spirit. Bitonio tested as one of the top four offensive linemen in five events at this winter's scouting combine in Indianapolis. But none of this should surprise anyone. Bitonio will be the 10th player drafted off the Wolf Pack's 13-1 team in 2010.
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