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Husker hoops' new-look roster will feature lots of experience, and more could be coming
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Husker hoops' new-look roster will feature lots of experience, and more could be coming

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Trey McGowens

Trey McGowens scored 11.5 points per game with 3.6 assists and 3.3 rebounds as a sophomore at Pitt.

LINCOLN — With the addition of Pittsburgh guard Trey McGowens over the weekend, the Nebraska basketball team now has eight transfers with Division I experience.

Those eight players total 397 game appearances, 194 starts and more than 8,500 minutes played. Four of the power conferences appear on the roster’s résumé, as do three NCAA tournament trips and 3,331 points.

And Nebraska could still add more. The Huskers have one spot left on the roster, with 12 out of 13 scholarship spots filled.

NU coach Fred Hoiberg and assistant Matt Abdelmassih are well-known for bringing in transfer talent, but their seventh roster could end up having the largest influx of talent yet. Nebraska currently has five transfers coming in: Kobe Webster (Western Illinois), Kobe King (Wisconsin), Teddy Allen (Western Nebraska CC after West Virginia and Wichita State), Lat Mayen (Chipola College, TCU) and McGowens. Those five combined with the now-eligible sit-out transfers from last year, Shamiel Stevenson (Pitt, Nevada), Dalano Banton (Western Kentucky) and Derrick Walker (Tennessee), will drastically change the face of the program, which bottomed out last season with its worst record in 60 years with a roster riddled with inexperience.

Webster leads the group in minutes and points. He started 85 of 85 games in three years at Western Illinois, totaling nearly 2,900 minutes and scoring 1,417 points. McGowens is right behind Webster, with 2,030 minutes in two seasons and 764 points. If McGowens is allowed to play immediately, that would be 151 games of combined D-I experience in the backcourt, with the two guards starting 149 of those games.

King appeared in 63 games in three seasons at Wisconsin, with 20 starts and 386 points. He left the roster as the Badgers’ second-leading scorer. Stevenson started 13 games in two years at Pitt, and was on the same roster as McGowens for one semester before transferring to Nevada.

Walker actually has the third-most appearances, with 64, but zero starts in two years at Tennessee. The 6-foot-8 transfer has 107 career rebounds and 91 points.

Banton started 12 of 31 games as a freshman at Western Kentucky, scoring 105 points with 92 rebounds and 65 assists. The 6-8 guard/forward averages the most rebounds per minute and is second among the eight in assists per minute. Allen, who didn’t start but played in 35 games as a freshman at West Virginia, leads the group in points per minute. He logged 417 minutes, with 244 points. Mayen has the least experience, with just 17 games at TCU and 36 points in 134 minutes.

Last season, Nebraska had three transfers with 229 games of Division I experience, with 169 starts. Dachon Burke was one, and he’s transferring away. Haanif Cheatham’s eligibility ran out at the end of the season, and Matej Kavas’ career ended with a hand injury.

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Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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