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Husker hoops expected to ink five transfers as signing period opens Wednesday
HUSKER MEN’S HOOPS

Husker hoops expected to ink five transfers as signing period opens Wednesday

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Wednesday will bring a little bit of normalcy to what has become an abnormal college basketball world.

That day marks the start of the regular signing period for Division I basketball. It's one of the few things in the college landscape that hasn't been dramatically affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

And it's also set up to be a big day for Nebraska.

The Huskers are expected to have all five of their current commits — Teddy Allen, Lat Mayen, Kobe King, Kobe Webster and Trey McGowens — sign Wednesday. Once NU has their signatures, they will immediately become important pieces, in their own ways, of Nebraska's rebuild.

All five players are transfers, with three — Allen, Mayen and Webster — immediately eligible. King is expected to apply for a waiver in an attempt to gain immediate eligibility. Barring something unforeseen, McGowens will likely have to sit out next season before having two years to play.

In other words, it's a class full of immediate impact talents expected to help the Huskers catch up to their Big Ten foes in areas that were sorely lacking last season — length, athleticism, scoring ability.

Below is a capsule look at each of the commitments.

Teddy Allen

Measurables: 6-foot-5, 200 pounds.

Position: Wing.

Date committed: Dec. 17, 2019.

Immediately Eligible? Yes.

Years of eligibility: Two.

Background: The 2017 Nebraska Gatorade Player of the Year spent one season at West Virginia, where he averaged 7.0 points and 2.7 points per game on a Sweet 16 team. Then, after one year at Wichita State before he was dismissed from the team, Allen landed at Western Nebraska Community College. There, he led the country in scoring at 31.4 points per game while shooting 51% from the field and 37% from three-point range.

Lat Mayen

Measurables: 6-foot-9, 205 pounds.

Position: Forward.

Date committed: Dec. 31, 2019.

Immediately Eligible? Yes.

Years of eligibility: Two.

Background: Mayen was the No. 1-rated prospect out of Australia in 2017, but played just 17 games in two seasons at TCU while battling injuries. He was a first-team all-conference performer for Chipola College this season, averaging 11.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game. Mayen shot 47% from the field and 38% from three-point range for Chipola.

Kobe King

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 205 pounds.

Position: Guard.

Date committed: Feb. 26, 2020.

Immediately Eligible? No, but will apply for a waiver for immediate eligibility.

Years of eligibility: Two.

Background: King was Wisconsin's leading scorer before announcing Jan. 29 that he was leaving the program. He averaged 10.0 points and 2.8 rebounds in 19 games for the Badgers. In nine Big Ten games, his scoring average jumped to 12.6 points per game on 52% shooting, though he struggled from three-point range, shooting 25%.

Kobe Webster

Measurables: 6-feet, 170 pounds.

Position: Guard.

Date committed: March 14, 2020.

Immediately Eligible? Yes.

Years of eligibility: One.

Background: A big-time scorer in three seasons at Western Illinois, Webster comes to Nebraska as a graduate transfer after earning his undergrad degree in three years. Webster averaged 17.1 points per game this season after averaging 17.0 last season and 15.9 as a freshman. He won't have to carry that same load in Lincoln, but he still gives the Huskers a 37% career three-point shooter.

Trey McGowens

Measurables: 6-foot-4, 190 pounds.

Position: Guard.

Date committed: April 4, 2020.

Immediately Eligible? No.

Years of eligibility: Two.

Background: One of the most sought-after transfers available, McGowens joins King as top-10 transfers signing with Nebraska. A top-100 recruit out of high school, McGowens averaged more than 11 points per game in each of his two seasons at Pitt, and led the team in minutes played this season. He'll give NU a battle-tested player at the point guard spot.

Contact the writer at cbasnett@journalstar.com or 402-473-7436. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.

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Husker men's basketball/baseball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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