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Monday, July 19, 2010
Nevada adds to collection of new faces

By Diamond Leung

Nevada might not have the big-name players next season after Luke Babbitt and Armon Johnson were selected in the NBA draft, but coach David Carter has an exceptionally large number of new faces that could fill the void.

The latest candidate is Devonte Elliott, a power forward who signed a national letter of intent with the program way back in November 2008 but has finally been cleared academically by the NCAA to play, according to the Reno Gazette-Journal. The paper also recently reported that Elliott has grown an inch to 6-foot-10.

"Devonte is a talented, versatile player who can do a lot of things on the court and should help us immediately," Carter said in a statement.

Ellott becomes the second Southern California recruit from that class to recently gain eligibility, as freshman guard Jerry Evans didn't enroll in school until January and gain NCAA clearance until March.

Nevada also will have two high-major transfers available next season with guard Malik Story from Indiana and former Duke forward Olek Czyz expected to be available midseason.

Oh, and then to top it all off, the Wolf Pack has a six-player recruiting class coming into the program headlined by Deonte Burton, ESPNU's No. 44-ranked shooting guard.