RENO, Nev. -- Nevada's all-time leading scorer is leaving
school to get a head start on the NBA's 2007 draft.
Nick Fazekas is withdrawing and will not finish this semester,
coach Mark Fox said on Thursday.
Fox said he was disappointed that the 6-foot-11, 240-pound
senior won't graduate and he urged him to stay in school for his
final few weeks. He said he was optimistic that Fazekas would
finish his education eventually.
Fazekas could not immediately be reached for comment.
Fazekas finished his career with 2,464 points and was Nevada's
No. 2 career rebounder with 1,254.
The Arvada, Colo., native led the Pack to a 29-5 record this
season and the second round of the NCAA Tournament, where it lost
Fazekas became a starter midway through his freshman season and
helped Nevada get to the NCAA Tournament four times. Before his
arrival, the Pack hadn't played in the NCAA Tournament since 1985.
Fazekas averaged 20.4 points and 11.1 rebounds, one of only
three players that averaged 20 points and 10 rebounds in Division I
He was a three-time Western Athletic Conference player of the
year and was a second-team selection by The Associated Press this
Fazekas explored the NBA draft in 2006, but withdrew to return
to Nevada when it wasn't certain he would be a first-round draft
choice. Now, based on a consensus of scouts, it appears he'll be
picked in the first round this year.