Coming off of a 22-11 season and a first-round exit in the NIT with a loss to Mississippi State, Nebraska Basketball has high expectations this year. A team that many thought was snubbed out of an NCAA tournament bid looks to be hungry for success this season. This season, the Huskers enter just outside of the AP top 25 poll, but they did sneak into the Coaches Poll at #25.
The Huskers return four starters and a number of other athletes that contributed last season. For the first time in a very long time, the Huskers have three players that could be playing at the next level. Starting with senior Issac Copeland Jr., the transfer from Georgetown was an Honorable-Mention All-Big Ten selection last year. He tallied 12.9 points per game, 6.1 rebounds, and three assists. His 37% three-point shooting proved to be effective, but being more consistent on both ends is key for him.
Fellow senior and Miami transfer James Palmer Jr. averaged 17.2 points per game last year. He was a First Team All-Big Ten selection by the coaches and a Second Team All-BigTen selection by the media. Already this season he has been named to the Jerry West Award Watch List, and also 2018-2019 Preseason All-Big Ten. Palmer Jr., looks to continue his success and if his three-point shooting ability improves, it will be a long season for the opponents of the Huskers
Isaiah Roby is a junior this season and he proved to be crucial last year. Roby averaged 8.7 points, 6.3 rebounds, shot 56.5% from the field, and 40.5% from three-point range. He will play the post for the Huskers and will be too athletic for a number of opponents.
Also playing a major role and the fourth returning starter for the Huskers is senior guard Glynn Watson Jr. He averaged 10.5 points and 3.2 assists. Watson, when aggressive is extremely effective. His mid-range jump shot from the free throw line extended is a go-to and expect to see a lot of that this season.
The fifth starter looks to be sophomore Thomas Allen Jr. Allen Jr. averaged just 3.2 points per game, but in a larger role, he will have a chance to contribute big time.
Tanner Borchardt will be looked upon to add a lot of size for the Huskers. The senior from Gothenburg, Nebraska will play major minutes off the bench. Another potential contributor is sophomore Nana Akenten. Akenten is very athletic and shoots the ball from three very well. Akenten stands at 6-6 and will be a good sing man.
A couple of freshmen that could play big minutes are Amir Harris, a guard from Maryland. He was ranked the #32 point guard in the nation according to Rivals. Platteview, Nebraska native Brady Heiman stands at 6-11 and 215 pounds. Heiman is by far the tallest player on the Huskers, the key for him is having enough weight on his frame to play in the Big Ten.
The Huskers will begin the season on Tuesday, November 6th against Mississippi Valley State and then they will face Southeastern Louisana on Sunday, November 11th. We will carry Sunday’s game on KRVN with tipoff at 3:00 P.M.