Nevada coach David Carter gave senior guard a fresh start.
Fields played in 32 games last year after he was cleared in Oct. of 2009 of any criminal wrongdoing in an alleged shoplifting incident at a sporting goods store. But his numbers plummeted compared to his sophomore year and he never started a game as he was never fully freed from Mark Fox's doghouse.
It appears that under Carter and playing a supporting role to Luke Babbitt and Armon Johnson, Fields has returned as one of the better guards in the WAC.
Senior season — 14.4 points per game, 29-percent 3-point shooter, 43 percent from the field in 31.6 minutes
Junior season — 9.4 points per game, 22-percent 3-point shooter, 36 percent from the field in 22.6 minutes
Soph. season — 12.4 points per game, 38-percent 3-point shooter, 44 percent from the field in 29 minutes
Carter said it was a preseason trip to Europe in May that helped his team adjust to him. It also opened Fields' eyes.
"I told him that it's a fresh start but at the same time, you can't do what you did before and can't play out of character. Just be who you are.
"When something like that happens to a 19-20 year old kid, there is a lot of pressure trying to prove to people that he was back and he couldn't get out of that slump a little bit. He's more mature now. He knows that it's his senior year and he's playing on both ends of the floor and has been very disciplined. There will be nights when he will score for us and we need him to. He has accepted his role and by no means taken a back seat. People have to guard him because he can score."
It will be interesting to see who matches up with Fields. Unlike Utah State, Fields should be able to stay in front of Gibson and i would think that Shaw will guard Young. Babbitt will certainly get a lot of attention, but the Aggies can't afford to leave Fields.