Nick Fazekas: About to Enter an Elite Club

    
November 25th, 2006
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6'11" Nevada senior forward Nick Fazekas entered this season on the verge of entering some very select company.  His stats through his first 3 seasons:

 

G   FG                        FT                     Reb   A       BL    ST   PTS

99 653-1258 .519  418-519 .805  900   114  144   74   1812

 

Despite playing in only a few games leading up to Thanksgiving, the 2-time-defending WAC Player of the Year is already in mid-season form.  His monster numbers through his first 4 games of this season:

 

G  FG                      FT                    Reb    A     BL   ST   PTS

4   36-55 .655       19-23 .826      59     10     5     2     97

 

 

Nevada’s all-time leader in blocked shots entering this season, Fazekas passed Edgar Jones earlier this month to become the school’s career scoring leader, and he will pass Jones in the weeks ahead to become the #2 all-time rebounder.  His career totals for points and rebounds now place him squarely at the door to the select 2000-point/1000-rebound club.  His career totals (including this season):

 

G           FG                                     FT                         Reb            A           BL         ST        PTS

103       689-1313 .525                437-542 .806     959            124       149       76        1909

 

However, when you consider shooting accuracy in addition to raw numbers, the club membership gets quite small.  My exhaustive research has discovered only 5 members of the 2000-point/1000-rebound club who also shot 50% from the field and 80% from the line during their careers (listed below in alphabetical order):

 

 

1. Rick Barry, Miami (Fla.), 1962-1965

G          FG                                      FT                         Reb            A           BL         ST        PTS

77         816-1564 .522                666-786 .847     1274           N/A       N/A       N/A      2298

 

2. Larry Bird, Indiana State, 1976-1979

G          FG                                      FT                          Reb            A           BL         ST        PTS

94         1154-2165 .533              542-659 .822     1247           434       83         240      2850

 

3. Bill Bradley, Princeton, 1962-1965

G          FG                                      FT                         Reb            A          BL         ST        PTS

83         856-1667 .513                791-903 .876     1008          N/A       N/A       N/A       2503

 

4. Christian Laettner, Duke, 1988-1992

G          FG                                       FT                        Reb             A            BL        ST        PTS

148       834-1452 .574                713-885 .806     1149           273       145       243       2460

 

5. Keith Van Horn, Utah, 1993-1997

G          FG                                      FT                         Reb             A           BL         ST        PTS

122       891-1706 .522                554-651 .851     1074           142       126       87        2542

 

The first 3 are NBA Hall-of-Famers, and the other 2 are NCAA legends.  Only time will tell which category Fazekas will end up in (I hope for the former, but suspect the latter), but now is the time to give thanks for the opportunity to watch a player who I consider to be one of the best-shooting big men in the history of college basketball.