Sessions tours Nevada's new practice facility

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RENO, Nev. (KOLO) Former Wolf Pack point guard Ramon Sessions got a tour of the new practice facility at Nevada on Friday.

"To have my name on the building, it's chills," said Sessions.

The Ramon Sessions Basketball Performance Center is due to open for basketball facilities on October first, with the new weight room scheduled for January first.

"It's going to be spectacular for all of our teams and all of our athletes," said athletic director Doug Knuth.

It cost nearly $3 million dollars to renovate Lombardi Recreational Center, with $1 million of that donated by Sessions. That's believed to be the biggest single donation in Nevada athletics history.

"It doesn't happen often to have a former player be this generous and give back," said head coach Eric Musselman.

For Sessons, the goal was simple.

"To actually give back to a place that means so much to me, and something that I think will change a lot of lives and help the University out in a lot of different ways."

"I think it says how special he is as a person," added Musselman. "And how special this place is as well."

The facility has two basketball courts with eight baskets. A strength and conditioning center and a nutrition bar. Plus a state-of-the-art weight room.

"To give our coaches this kind of asset is a big difference in the recruiting world," added Knuth. "I think it'll put us in the game with anyone in the country for recruiting now."

"It's helped us a tremendous amount already just sharing the vision," said Musselman. "And now being able to walk recruits in to see what it's about to become. It puts us on par with all great programs across the country."

Sessions, who is entering his 11th season in the NBA with the New York Knicks, is one of six former Wolf Pack athletes that will be inducted into the Nevada Athletics Hall of Fame this weekend.

"I've got to thank Coach Fox for that, because he gave me a chance when a lot of schools didn't," said Sessions. "It's just a dream come true."