Nebraska basketball had another player leave via the transfer portal, opening up a third scholarship. Who will fill those spots for the Huskers?
The roster dominoes keep falling for Nebraska basketball and another dropped on Tuesday as Quaran McPherson entered the transfer portal.
McPherson battled injuries throughout his time with the Huskers. It was a bummer that he wasn’t able to reach his potential but good luck to him wherever he ends up.
As far as what it means for Fred Hoiberg and Nebraska basketball, for starters, a third scholarship is now open. In addition to looking for guards, the Huskers are also looking for another big and are going to host Josiah Allick for an official visit this week according to Husker Online.
Allick is a name we mentioned before, but I love that the Huskers are making him a priority. He’s 6-foot-8 and started 34 games last season for New Mexico averaging 8.4 points and 7.3 rebounds. He also averaged 0.8 blocks per game, as well as 1.4 assists.
The Lincoln, Nebraska native has a sister that plays for the Nebraska volleyball team, which can’t hurt. In terms of his fit, it would be an ideal one. Allick is tremendous in the post, a la Derrick Walker, and his career field-goal percentage on 2-point attempts is 62.3 percent.
Allick doesn’t shoot 3-pointers much. However, he’s a 66 percent free throw shooter, and last season, playing for the Lobos, his 2-point numbers were even better at 64.8 percent. San Diego State also hosted him for a visit, so there is some stiff competition.
However, he would add another quality big and another dude in addition to Rienk Mast who Nebraska could play through in the post. In the Big Ten, frontcourt depth is important and Allick would be a great addition.
Where does Nebraska stand with transfer guards?
Of course, this weekend, Hunter Sallis is going to visit Nebraska basketball and he’s still the top target on the wing. Sallis is a former five-star that could be a plug-and-play starter for Emmanuel Bandoumel, plus, it would give him a chance to develop his offensive game under Fred Hoiberg.
Nebraska still needs a starting point guard and another guard/wing. Sallis would fit the bill perfectly and I still have optimism that Hoiberg will seal the deal.
However, point guard is still a huge need. Javian McCollum was on campus and has Nebraska basketball in his top three along with Oklahoma and South Florida.
#Nebrasketball ? I'm hearing through the ?vine:
– McCollum ➡️ OU imminent
– Nebraska now "All N" on Wrightsell + Sallis but need to close the deal. Sitting in the driver's seat.
– Could have a surprise post visitor on campus this week
– Kario Oquendo is still in play pic.twitter.com/rfvBZMMCDT
— parker (@park_neb) April 18, 2023
McCollum is a dynamic playmaker and would be a great fit for this offense. Yet, Nebraska also hosted Latrell Wrightsell. Another Nebraska native, Wrightsell made 2.4 triples per game last season and shot 38 percent. He hasn’t been a lead guard but the Huskers have to believe he can be one.
Minnesota and Alabama are also in the mix though, so it’s not a done deal by any means. Sallis is also taking a visit to Wake Forest.
Huskers fans have been dreaming of the team landing the duo of Sallis and Wrightsell and right now, it does feel like a real possibility. I’ve said I love how Fred is putting this team together and if he adds Allick, along with Sallis and Wrightsell, Nebraska will have a team capable of getting to the NCAA tournament.
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