Nevada basketball signs former Akron guard Eric Parrish

Strike up the band: Nevada has added another transfer to its basketball team.
Conrad Buedel / Tahoe Onstage

A versatile 6-foot-6 basketball player will move from Bossier City, Louisiana, to the Biggest Little City to join the Nevada Wolf Pack next season.

The signing of Bossier Parish Community College’s Eric Parrish continues Nevada coach Eric Musselman’s penchant to fill his roster with players with experience at other schools. In freshman season, Parrish was a starting guard for Division 1 Akron of the Mid-American Conference. He is just beginning his sophomore year at the junior college in Louisiana.

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“We are extremely excited to add Eric Parrish to our program,” Mussleman said in press statement. “At 6-6 and the ability to play and guard multiple positions, he fits perfect with our style of play of position-less basketball. He has an extremely athletic first step and is explosive off the bounce with the basketball. We feel he is the type of player that can fill up the stat sheet in multiple areas and affect the game in a variety of ways. He will be a player that Wolf Pack fans love to watch with his energy.”

Parrish played in all 32 of Akron’s games last year, starting in 21. Parrish, a 6-6, 195-pound guard, played his freshman season at Akron where he made 21 starts and appeared in all 32 games for the Zips. He averaged 8.8 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists in 27 minutes per game.  From the field he shot 51.7 percent, 32.4 percent from behind the arc and 62.1 percent at the free throw line.

A native of Cypress, Texas he played his prep basketball at Cypress Springs High School where he averaged 18.4 points, 8.2 rebounds, three assists, two steals and 1.6 blocks per game as a senior.  He scored 1,132 points during his high school career and twice was named the team’s MVP.  Parrish was a two-time all-district selection and a two-time academic all-district honoree.

Parrish is averaging 15.7 points, nine rebound and four assists, shooting 41.7 percent from the floor and 83.3 percent from the free throw line in three games with his junior college team.

The sixth-ranked Wolf Pack are led by transfers Caleb and Cody Martin and Jordan Caroline, all three of whom were All-Mountain West Conference last year. There are six more transfers playing on the team this year, and two others are practicing and will be eligible next year.

Nevada, 2-0, plays Little Rock, 1-0, at 8 p.m. Friday in the Lawlor Events Center.

About Tim Parsons

Tim Parsons is the editor of Tahoe Onstage who first moved to Lake Tahoe in 1992. Before starting Tahoe Onstage in 2013, he worked for 29 years at newspapers, including the Tahoe Daily Tribune, Eureka Times-Standard and Contra Costa Times. He was the recipient of the 2011 Keeping the Blues Alive award for Journalism.

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