Fazekas was signed by the University of Nevada for the 2003-04 season. From that point forward, Fazekas led the Wolf Pack to four straight NCAA Tournament appearances during his matriculation, including a run to the Sweet 16 as a freshman. He became the school’s all-time leading scorer on November 18, 2006, when he surpassed the old record of 1,877 points scored by Edgar Jones in 1979. He also surpassed the single-season scoring record formerly set by Jones during the 2005-06 season. Fazekas also earned his third straight WAC Player of the Year for the 2006-07 season, a feat only matched by Utah’s Keith Van Horn, for whom Fazekas was later coincidentally waived to make space on the trade that brought point guard Jason Kidd to the Mavericks. On February 28, 2019, Nevada retired Fazekas’ number 22 in a ceremony at halftime of a win over UNLV. Fazekas became the second Wolf Pack basketball player to have his number retired, after Edgar Jones.
The Nevada Men’s Basketball program first began in 1913. The program has won 19 conference championships and made seven appearances in the NCAA tournament.
The men’s basketball program has experience some success in recent years. In 2004, the Wolf Pack men’s basketball team qualified for the NCAA tournament and advanced to the Sweet Sixteen for the first time in school history, where they fell to Georgia Tech. The team earned a repeat trip in 2005 and beat Texas in the first round before falling to eventual national runner-up Illinois. The team returned for 2006 as a #5 seed but was upset in the first round by former Big Sky Conference rival Montana. They began the 2006 – 2007 season ranked #24. The Pack’s major star during this recent period of success was Nick Fazekas. In 2007, Nevada was ranked #9 in men’s basketball, which is the highest ranking that Nevada has ever held. Guards Ramon Sessions and Marcellus Kemp both flirted with leaving as juniors for the NBA draft, however Kemp decided to remain at Nevada while Sessions was drafted 56th overall in the 2007 NBA Draft.
College Sports Established
University of Nevada, Reno
1973 – Present / NCAA Division 1
1925 – 1973 / University Division of the NCAA
2011 – Present / Mountain West Conference
2000 – 2011 / Western Athletic Conference
1969 – 2000 / West Coast Conference
1925 – 1939, 1954 – 1968 / Northern California Athletic Conference
Wolf Pack – Nevada’s athletic teams were originally known as the Sagebrushers, named after Nevada’s state flower. In the 1921 – 1922 school year, a local writer described the school’s athletic teams as a “pack of wolves” which turned into “Desert Wolves.” That name stuck until 1923, the student body designated “Wolves” as the school’s mascot.
The Wolf Pack is always written as two words in the context of Nevada’s sports teams. All media outlets refer to the athletic name as Nevada (except for Clark County and Las Vegas as UNR due to their bitter interstate rivalry) for historical purposes.
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