The college basketball season begins in early November, so next month we’ll take a closer look at the entire conference, not just the Indiana roster. Today, our team preview keeps watching Nebraska.
The third year of Fred Hoiberg’s era could mark the beginning of a turnaround in Nebraska basketball.
Hoiberg, who was hired in the spring of 2019, put together only 14-45 records in the first two seasons in Lincoln. But with strong adoption this offseason, Nebraska is ready to climb from the Big Tenseller.
The Cornhuskers return only one double-digit scorer from last year’s team at Tray McGowens, but welcomes five-star freshmen and some transfers that can influence them. The 2021 Nebraska recruitment class was ranked in the top 20 by most national services.
The 6-foot-4 McGoence averaged 10.7 points per game last season, shooting 38.5 percent in 3 seconds in Big Ten play. However, his 2-point field goal rate was only 39.2 last season.
He will get help on the back court this season as his brother Bryce, a five-star player, joins him on the roster according to the 247Composite. The 6’6 wing should provide an immediate scoring punch in Hoiberg’s third season. McGoence was the Gatorade Player of the Year in South Carolina last season.
“I think signing Bryce will change the overall trajectory of our program,” Hoiberg said last winter. “He’s the centerpiece of what I believe Nebraska Basketball is the strongest class ever signed. Since I came here, I’ve talked about building a program that can sustain success. Adding a player with a caliber of caliber shows that we are building something special here. “
After Darano Banton chose to turn professional, Hoiberg soaked in the transfer portal and landed Arizona State University’s Alonzo Verge Jr. For each game. He will probably get the first crack in the work of a starting point guard. Verge was the PAC-12 Sixman of the Year for the 2019-20 season.
Keon Edwards was a top 80 rookie who registered mid-season and played at DePaul before moving to Nebraska last spring. He brings athletic performance, size, and versatility to what should be deep wings and guard rotation.
Originally from Indianapolis, Guard Cove Webster returned after playing in all 27 games, averaging 8.1 points last season. A transfer from Xavier, CJ Wilcher challenges the rotation behind the McGoens brothers. Wilcher scored an average of 3.3 points per Musketeers match last season.
In advance, forwards Rat Mayen and Derrick Walker could come back and become starters at 4 and 5.
Mayen was able to stretch the floor at 6 feet 9 and made 48 3 pointers last season. Walker, who started his career in Tennessee, qualified in early January last season. In 16 games, Walker shot 60% off the field, averaging 5.9 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.
Freshman Wilhelm Breidenbach is a top 100 rookie from Santa Ana, California, with the potential for four and five to compete for a few minutes. Breidenbach was Hoiberg’s major recruitment victory as he chose the Huskers over USC, Cal, Vanderbild and several others.
Forward Trevor Lakes, who moved from Division II Indianapolis in 2020, scored an average of nearly five points in the last four games of Nebraska last season. Known as a shooting game in Indianapolis, the 6-foot-7 Lakes accounted for 25.8% of the triples in Lincoln last season.
Conclusion: Nebraska has lost two major contributors in Banton and Teddy Allen since last season, but this year’s roster should be more aggressively balanced and the overall talent level is improving. increase. Breidenbach and Edwards are both the top 100 new hires after graduating from high school, and Bryce McGowens is the best new hire in the history of the program. Assuming Verge can handle point guard missions with Webster as a backup, the strength of the Nebraska team should be on the back court. The McGoence brothers gave a 1-2 scoring punch, and their talent from the bench is much better than in Hoiberg’s first two seasons.
Can be quoted: “We have something we can build. We have a great recruiting class that knows we’ve talked a lot about joining the company. So even if it ends in a disappointing night, you know. I Loves our future. It’s so bright and I can’t wait to get back to work. ”– Hoiberg after losing to Pennsylvania State University at the Big Ten Conference in Indianapolis last season.
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