If Marcus Walker is leaving the Nebraska basketball program as reported, the Huskers aren’t ready to announce it.
The Kansas City Star reported Tuesday that Walker, a freshman guard from Kansas City O’Hara High School, was planning to transfer, and the only holdup was getting a release from Husker head coach Barry Collier.
Walker could not be reached for comment. Marc Boehm, who oversees men’s and women’s basketball for the NU athletic department, said Tuesday afternoon it was not a done deal.
“It’s a maybe,” Boehm said. “It’s strictly up in the air right now.”
Walker’s father, Marc Beachem, told The Star that Walker was looking for a more up-tempo offense.
“It’s just a different style of play,” Beachem said. “Just seemed like he was waiting on that offense. He’s built off speed, and those guys are big out there. You gotta use your advantage on him as far as pushing the ball.”
The Huskers are still looking for a replacement for top assistant Scott Spinelli, who recently left to take a similar position at Wichita State. Boehm said Spinelli’s departure should not be tied to Walker’s situation because Walker was not recruited by Spinelli. NU assistant Doug Novsek and former assistant Reggie Rankin handled Walker’s recruiting process.
Walker, who averaged 5.6 points and 17.7 minutes per game, would be the most prominent Husker to leave the program since Joe McCray was dismissed from the team in February. Reserve forward B.J. Walker and redshirt Mike Smith left the program after the season ended.
Boehm said he was not concerned about the status of any other players.
“Overall,” Boehm said, “within this basketball program, with the kids on the team, everyone, there’s a great deal of excitement.”
Boehm said there was nothing to report on the hiring of a new assistant coach.