DALLAS (AP) — The Dallas Mavericks added some front court depth Thursday night by selecting Nevada forward Nick Fazekas with their first selection of the NBA Draft.
Fazekas was a second-team All-American this past season as he averaged 20.4 points and 11.1 rebounds per game in helping the Wolf Pack to a 29-5 record.
The three-time Western Athletic Conference Player of the Year was the 34th pick of the draft and the fifth pick of the second round. Dallas did not have a first-round selection.
Fazekas, a 6-foot-11, 240-pound forward, was an early candidate for the 2006 draft before withdrawing his name from consideration after his junior season.
NBA Most Valuable Player Dirk Nowitzki is entrenched as the starting power forward. But the Mavericks got little scoring from centers Erick Dampier and DeSagana Diop as they suffered a disappointing loss in the first round of the playoffs to the Golden State Warriors despite winning a team-record 67 games.
Fazekas was the top performer for a Nevada team that has gone 81-18 the past three seasons.
In his junior year, Fazekas averaged 21.8 points per game and 10.4 rebounds in 2006. He scored 20.7 points and grabbed 9.4 rebounds a game as a sophomore in 2005.
Fazekas finished his college career as Nevada’s all-time leading scorer with 2,464 points and second-best rebounder with 1,254. He also shot 53 percent from the floor and 81.5 percent from the foul line.
Fazekas is one of six players to score 2,000 points, grab 1,000 rebounds, shoot 50 percent from the floor, and shoot 80 percent from the free-throw line in NCAA history.
The Mavericks also have the 50th and 60th picks in the draft.