The Wolf Pack basketball team landed a major recruit on Tuesday, signing junior college guard Tyron Criswell to a letter of intent."
"I loved the campus," said Criswell. "And I want to play for Coach Carter as well."
Criswell was named the JC Division-II National Player of the Year this past season at Central Community College in Omaha. He averaged 20.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game, leading the Raiders to a 26-10 overall record. He was named both a first team All-American and to the all-tournament team at the national tournament, where the Raiders finished third overall.
He was recruited by a number of division one schools, but chose Nevada over Auburn and Nebraska.
"I just feel like the coaches (at Nevada); I actually trust the coaches. I feel like they can get me to that next level. And that's my ultimate goal, is to get to the NBA. So I feel like, of all the schools that I was talking to, I felt the most comfortable with them."
Criswell had always wanted to play at nearby Nebraska. He spoke to the Corn Huskers' coaching staff last night, before making his final decision.
"They offered, so they felt like I could go there and get some playing time, but I would be splitting it with other people," explained Criswell. "So, the main part of my decision was that I just want to go where I could play the most and get more exposure. Exposure is all about if you are seeing the floor. You've got to be out there to get noticed, because I'm a junior college guy. So I don't have time to be going somewhere and sitting on the bench behind people."
Criswell is on his way back from an injury. He broke his left foot on March 22nd in his final game last season. He's been wearing a boot for the last 7-8 weeks and just began light jogging. He's scheduled to begin physical therapy and expects to be ready to go by July.
"I'm excited. I'm excited to get on campus and start bonding with the teammates," added Criswell. "I bonded with a couple of them when I came on my visit. So I'm looking forward to that and working hard in the summer to get myself ready."
The 6-foot-4 sophomore played forward last season with the Raiders, but will switch to his natural position of shooting guard with the Wolf Pack. He has two years of eligibility left at Nevada.
Criswell joins a packed 2014 recruiting class for the pack, which includes freshman forwards Elijah Foster (6-foot-7) and Robyn Missa (6-foot-9) who both committed last week.
Nevada had already signed guard Eric Cooper Jr. (6-foot-4) and forward Kaileb Rodriguez (6-foot-9) in the early signing period. Cooper originally committed to Arizona, while Rodriguez began his career at Cal before transferring to Sheridan Community College.