5 Nevada players enter transfer portal

By: Scottie Bordelon
Published: April 11, 2019 at 2:27 p.m. - Updated: April 11, 2019 at 3 p.m.
Nevada's Jazz Johnson reacts after sinking a three-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boise State in the Mountain West Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)
Nevada's Jazz Johnson reacts after sinking a three-point basket during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Boise State in the Mountain West Conference men's tournament Thursday, March 14, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Five of Eric Musselman's former Nevada players have entered the NCAA transfer portal over the last two days.

Wolf Pack guard Jazz Johnson, who played his first two seasons at Portland prior to transferring, was the first to enter Wednesday evening. Johnson finished the 2018-19 season fourth on the team in scoring, averaging 11 points per game in better than 28 minutes.

Johnson, who underwent his second shoulder surgery on his shooting shoulder earlier this month, shot 48.7 percent from the floor and 45.2 percent on 157 3-point attempts. He was named Mountain West Conference sixth man of the year by the league's coaches and media.

Johnson told Nevada Sports Net on Wednesday that it's "only natural to see what my options are after a coaching change. It doesn't mean I am leaving. ... I really do love this community and don't want them to think this means I'm gone. Only doing what's best for my future."

Jordan Brown, the first McDonald's All-American to play at Nevada, entered the portal on Thursday. Brown averaged 3.0 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10.1 minutes as a freshman.

Brown recorded his first career double-double - 12 points, 11 rebounds - in the Wolf Pack's 87-59 win over Arkansas-Little Rock on Nov. 16.

Jalen Harris, a redshirt junior guard who sat out of the 2018-19 season after transferring from Louisiana Tech to Nevada, entered the transfer portal as well. He averaged a team-high 15.3 points as a sophomore with the Bulldogs.

"Nevada is still my priority and I fully intend to meet with the new coach before making any decisions," Harris told Nevada Sports Net. "I've gotten to know and love my teammates and coaches here."

K.J. Hymes, who redshirted last season as a freshman, is in the portal, according to ESPN's Jeff Borzello. Nisre Zouzoua, who played sparingly in his one season at Nevada, will explore a graduate transfer, according to ESPN.

April 13 update: Jazz Johnson announced Friday night following Steve Alford's introductory press conference at Nevada that he is staying in Reno for his senior season. Each Wolf Pack player who entered the NCAA transfer portal was present at Alford's press conference.

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