Weber State basketball continued to add youth to its program with the addition of 2018 guard Caleb Nero, who announced his commitment to Weber State on Saturday.
Nero is a 6-foot-2 guard from Oklahoma who had offers from upper-tier mid-major programs Bradley and South Dakota.
Nero said Saturday that WSU’s coaching staff was “genuine, it wasn’t just talk” when they recruited him and detailed their plan for his success at Weber State.
“(Head coach Randy Rahe) is planning on having me come in and play as a combo guard, he wants players who can play multiple positions,” Nero said. “He thinks me, Jerrick (Harding) and Doc (Ricky Nelson) can play well together, he wants to run more and be a great offensive team.”
Nero was named the Tulsa World’s boys basketball MVP in 2017 after leading Tulsa Memorial to the 5A state championship by averaging 24.8 points and 4.5 assists per game.
Rahe and assistant coach Garrett Lever visited Nero on April 6 and offered him a scholarship after seeing him work out. He visited Weber State on April 16 and is set to become the fifth member of WSU’s 2018 signing class.
“I fell in love when I visited. The arena was the first thing I saw, I didn’t know it was that big but I can see myself playing there,” Nero said.” All the players are great guys … it all felt right.”
He said Harding and Nelson hosted his visit, where he learned more about the professional success of guys like Joel Bolomboy, Jeremy Senglin and Davion Berry — and obviously heard more about Damian Lillard.
“He’s the best offensive player I’ve ever coached,” his high school coach, Bobby Allison, said after their 2017 title run. “He made his teammates better. He was a complete team guy.
Nero signed with Milwaukee out of high school but the coaching staff there left and Nero received his release.
He attended a post-high school prep academy in Wichita, Kansas, during the 2017-18 season. That makes him the third WSU guard with ties to Wichita, as Nero joins Harding and Israel Barnes, who are Wichita natives.
Nero will join guards Barnes and Spencer Johnson, and forwards Tim Fuller and Donatas Kupsas as freshmen in the 2018 class.
He said he’ll be in Ogden by June 1 to start summer classes.
He also drew interest from San Jose State, Missouri State and San Diego.
WSU saw departures in seniors Dusty Baker and Ryan Richardson after the 2017-18 season, as well as freshman Trevon Ary-Turner, who is leaving the program. Mathematically, the addition of Nero signals that more, not-yet-announced attrition from the Wildcats’ roster is likely.
The Wildcats return Zach Braxton and Brekkott Chapman as seniors for the 2018-19 season. Harding, last year’s leading scorer, will be a junior.