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Boston College vs. Nebraska, 11/29/17

Nebraska center Jordy Tshimanga (32) drives to the basket against Boston College's Ky Bowman (0) and Steffon Mitchell (410 in the first half on Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017, during the Big Ten/ACC Challenge at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Nebraska starting center Jordy Tshimanga did not travel with the team to Penn State for Friday night's game, and his future with the program is uncertain, sources close to the program told the Journal Star on Thursday.

The 6-foot-11 Tshimanga, a sophomore from Montreal, has started all 18 games this season, but has endured a season mostly defined by his struggles on the court.

According to sources, Tshimanga apparently feels frustration about the way his season's going and is considering transferring -- just four days into the start of the semester. The Husker coaching staff is trying to sort out the situation with the player, and his status with the team likely will be determined within a few days.

Tshimanga is averaging 3.5 points and 5.1 rebounds in 15.2 minutes per game. However, in Saturday's loss at Purdue, he played only six minutes and watched as Duby Okeke started the second half even though Tshimanga had no fouls.

But Tshimanga responded with a good game in Tuesday's home win against Wisconsin, scoring nine points and grabbing six rebounds in 18 minutes of action.

A four-star player coming out of The MacDuffie School in Granby, Massachusetts, Tshimanga last season averaged 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds in 12.5 minutes a game. He was the only Husker freshman to appear in all 31 games, and started nine of them. His best offensive effort was in a Feb. 2 home loss to Michigan State, when he scored 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in 24 minutes.

In Tshimanga's absence, Nebraska likely will lean harder on the 6-8, 247-pound Okeke, averaging 0.9 points and 2.2 rebounds this season, and 6-8, 265-pound Tanner Borchardt (1.4, 2.2). In addition, Husker head coach Tim Miles frequently uses a lineup that has 6-8 Isaiah Roby playing center.

Nebraska (12-6, 3-2 Big Ten) plays Penn State (12-6, 2-3) at 6 p.m. Friday on BTN. The Huskers have won five of their last six games.

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Steven, a lifelong Nebraskan, newspaper enthusiast and UNL grad, joined the Journal Star in 1990 and has covered NU football since 1995.

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