The positive news for Nevada is the NCAA giving West an extra year of eligibility to play for the Pack next season.
West sounded very excited for the coming season, he'll be a key cog for the Wolf Pack if they hope to make any noise. But he'll likely need to develop his offensive game to have a major impact on Nevada's fortunes.
When asked about that, West said he focused on his strengths, which are defense. It's unclear exactly how that will help Nevada when a game is close and they need a big bucket down low in the paint because they badly need offensive production from its bigs.
And like Carter said, there are many unknowns right now.
The Wolf Pack desperately needs to find an identity as a team in the post-Burton era. Carter thinks it will be based on toughness.
He said Tyron Criswell and Kaileb Rodriguez bring that toughness since they came from programs that really focused on that.
When asked what he thought of his frontcourt his answer was surprising.
“I think we have a lot of talent in that area, but only time will tell, It’s a matter of us coming together.”
“I think we have a lot of talent in that area, but only time will tell,” Carter said. “It’s a matter of us coming together.”
It's a refrain Pack fans have heard before. The biggest criticism Carter has taken throughout his tenure, is not effectively recruiting and developing big men. It lead to many rumblings of him being on the hot seat last season.
In order for this season to be a success, West and company will need to show a lot of improvement offensively. Michael Perez or Marqueze Coleman will need to step up as the leader(s) if they expect to make any noise in the Virgin Islands tournament they were invited to in mid November.
The Pack's being pre-season ranking is probably fair and unless they catch lightning in the bottle, this is probably a team that will struggle to finish above .500. Stranger things have happened but it's a long shot.
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