Nebraska basketball needs to hit the transfer portal hard and here are five targets that make sense for the Huskers.
It’s transfer portal season and for Nebraska basketball, it’s an important time. The Huskers have a number of needs to fill and two of their best players — Derrick Walker and Sam Griesel have exhausted their eligibility.
Nebraska basketball might lose Keisei Tominaga too. There hasn’t been much word on the Japanese star since the end of the season. If Tominaga returns, the outlook feels much brighter for Nebraska in 2023-24, but the Huskers still need a big, a point guard and they could use a wing.
With that in mind, here are five transfer portal targets for Nebraska basketball that make sense.
Kerr Kriisa, PG
Kerr Kriisa is a former top-100 point guard that has entered the transfer portal and according to reports, he was in Nebraska on Tuesday for an official visit.
That’s huge news for the Huskers because they have a big need at point guard. Jamarques Lawrence is more of a combo guard and I would love to see him starting at the two.
Nebraska needs someone who can replace Griesel and while Kriisa is a much different player, he would be a good fit for Nebraska. The 93rd overall recruit in the 2020 class has averaged over 4.7 assists in each of the past two seasons, as well as making more than two 3-pointers per game in those two seasons as well.
Kriisa turns the ball over a little too much and he’s not an elite defender by any means, but he can shoot the ball and he’s a good facilitator. He’s also one of the top point guards in the transfer portal and Fred Hoiberg getting him on campus for a visit is huge.
Hopefully, things will keep moving in a positive direction.
Kadin Shedrick, Center
When it comes to the center position, the top of my list is Kadin Shedrick, a center from Virginia who just entered the transfer portal this week.
The Huskers need someone who can score down low. Derrick Walker was one of the best back-to-the-basket players in the Big Ten and Shedrick would be a great replacement in that regard as he is a career 63-percent shooter from the field and has made 64.7 percent of his career 2-point attempts.
Shedrick would also upgrade the defense. Walker was a solid rebounder but Nebraska basketball didn’t really have any rim protectors last season and Shedrick averaged 1.9 blockers per game for the Cavs last season. For his career, he averages 17 minutes and 1.5 blocks, so that’s elite in terms of rim protection.
Nebraska has reached out to Shedrick. Landing him won’t be easy and it sounds like Indiana is going to make a strong push but you never know.
Dalton Knecht, combo forward
Dalton Knecht is one of my favorite players in the portal and he would be a perfect fit for Nebraska basketball. The Huskers have also reached out here, yet the former Northern Colorado forward is going to be one of the hottest targets in the portal.
Knecht averaged 20.2 points per game last season and made 38 percent of his 3-pointers. He also shot more than six triples per game and made 2.4. He also shot 47.9 percent overall from the field and also dished out 1.7 assists per game, in addition to grabbing more than seven boards a night.
Now, the Big Ten is much different from the Big Sky. You wonder if the 6-foot-6 forward will have the same success in the Big Ten and in terms of finishing around the rim, he won’t.
However, I still think he has all the tools to be a really effective player and one that could easily average double figures. He would also be a great addition alongside Juwan Gary and would give the Huskers another versatile forward that can rebound.
Josiah Allick, power forward
Allick is a 6-foot-8 power forward that played for New Mexico last season but is from Lincoln, Nebraska. He played for Kansas City for three seasons in the Summit League before having a really good campaign with the Lobos last year. He’s undersized like Derrick Walker, but he made 64 percent of his 2-point attempts last season, grabbed more than seven rebounds per game, and blocked 0.8 shots.
While Allick might be a little undersized for the center position, he’s really not that different than Walker and his ability to score in the post is elite.
It will be interesting to see if the Huskers can lure him back to Nebraska, but they need low-post scoring and Allick woud be a great option, especially since he has ties to the state.
Chance McMillian, combo guard
The former Grand Canyon player put together three solid seasons and this past year, he averaged 10.9 points per game and 44 percent from 3-point range. McMillian is 6-foot-2 and was listed as a point guard by 247 sports coming out of high school.
He averaged 2.1 assists per game last season and there’s a chance he could start for Nebraska at point guard, or at least be a guy that could help handle those duties.
The Huskers have been in contact with him via 247 sports and whether they view him as a true combo guard or a point guard if Tominaga leaves, Nebraska basketball will need more 3-point shooting and McMillian provides that.
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