CSU Hoops: Carvacho Decides He's Staying
Colorado State men’s basketball fans received good news Saturday morning when redshirt sophomore forward Nico Carvacho announced on Twitter that he will remain with the program. Carvacho announced that he has been granted permission to contact other schools on Mar. 15.
The Rams have already lost junior guard Prentiss Nixon and junior forward Kris Martin, both of which were expected to be major offensive contributors if they remained with the program. So, Carvacho’s decision to stay is big for the potential success of recently-hired head coach Niko Medved and what he will be able to accomplish in his first season.
In 68 career games Carvacho has averaged a steady seven points and eight rebounds per-contest. The Chilean big man took his game to another level during Mountain West play last season though.
Carvacho averaged 9.2 points and a league-best 10.3 rebounds for the year, but in 18 games against the Mountain West, “The Big Chile” totalled ten double-doubles, averaging 11.1 points and 12.3 rebounds to lead the conference. For his efforts, Carvacho received honorable mention all-conference status.
Along with being honored by the Mountain West, Carvacho played his way into the CSU record books in 2017-18. The 6-foot-11 forward recorded only the sixth 300-rebound season in program history, finishing with 331.
In a victory over San Jose State on Feb. 10 Carvacho recorded the first 20-point/20-rebound performance since Jason Smith in 2007 when the big man tallied a career-best 26 points and also grabbed 20 boards. Carvacho is currently No. 20 on CSU’s all-time rebounding chart with 536.