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Nebraska Basketball: Rienk Mast to take redshirt for 2024-25

Rienk Mast will miss the 2024-25 season.



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We finally have an update on the future of Nebraska basketball forward Rienk Mast. He will medically redshirt the 2024-2025 season as he continues to recover from season-ending knee surgery.

Mast played in 32 games last season, averaging 12.3 points per game go along with 7.5 rebounds per game. He also shot 43.8% from the field and 34.4% from beyond the arc.

Mast was a key factor for Nebraska basketball in many games last season. He provided both inside and outside scoring, and allowed the program to have another weapon on offense.

Mast played well throughout the entirety of the season, but had several games last season where he was able to play at a high level. The Ohio State game in January was an example of that. He scored 34 points on 13-of-17 shooting from the field and made both three-point shots he attempted.

What does this mean for Nebraska basketball?

This is a loss for Nebraska basketball, as Mast provided the scoring spark this offense needed. However, the program does have options to replace him for this year. Andrew Morgan committed to the program in April, and now it appears that he will have a big role with the program. He has a play style similar to that of Mast, and has a similar skill set.

Many were wondering how Morgan would fit into things if Mast came back. Now we have a clearer answer. Morgan will be able to slide into that role while Mast recovers. This seems like an even more important get for the program with Mast no longer in the picture for now.

Obviously, this is unfortunate news. Having Mast healthy would have helped this team tremendously, especially as it relates to having experience from last year, which included postseason play.

If there is any silver lining to this, it is that he has one year of eligibility remaining. Hopefully, he will be able to get healthy again and be able to play in the next calendar year. His role in this program is both important and valuable.

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Danny is a Nebraska athletics fan and writer. He also enjoys writing about recruiting in his free time. Danny has been following the Huskers for the last five years. Find him on Twitter @NebCornholio.