Nebraska vs. Oklahoma State, 12.16

Nebraska's Nana Akenten (left) steals the ball from Oklahoma State's Isaac Likekele during the teams' Dec. 16, 2018, game in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Akenten was suspended at the end of the regular season and announced Wednesday that he was transferring.

Sophomore forward Nana Akenten is leaving the Nebraska men's basketball program.

The Bolingbrook, Illinois, native announced his decision Wednesday afternoon on Twitter.

"These past two years I've spent at the University of Nebraska has played a major role in shaping me into the man I am today," Akenten wrote. "I am thankful for the opportunity given to me by Coach (Tim) Miles and his staff."

The 6-foot-6 Akenten played in 28 games in 2018-19, making two starts. He averaged 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds while shooting 36 percent from the field and 30 percent from three-point range.

But Akenten struggled in the second half of the season, going 5-for-33 from three-point range from Jan. 2 through March 5. He was suspended indefinitely by Miles for the final six games of the season, including Nebraska's run in the Big Ten Tournament, for a violation of team rules.

"Thank you to all the fans for the endless love & support. My teammates will be my brothers for life and Lincoln will always hold a special place in my heart," Akenten wrote in his statement.

Nebraska now has five open scholarships for the 2019-20 season, with potential for a sixth pending Isaiah Roby's decision to turn pro or return to school. Roby has until May 29 to make his decision.

Of the 15 players who started workouts with the team back in October, eight are now gone through either graduation or transfer. Akenten joins Thomas Allen as players to transfer out of the program since Miles was fired March 26.

Nebraska's scholarship players for next season currently are: Roby, Dachon Burke, Brady Heiman, Amir Harris, Thorir Thorbjarnarson, Karrington Davis, juco transfer Jervay Green and incoming freshman Akol Arop.

Huskers learn league foes

Also Wednesday, Nebraska learned the bones of its Big Ten Conference schedule for 2019-20.

NU will play single games at home against defending Big Ten co-champions Michigan State and Purdue, and will also host Penn State in a singe-play game.

The Huskers will go on the road for single games at Illinois, Maryland and Minnesota.

NU will play Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Ohio State, Rutgers and Wisconsin each twice.

Next season is the second that the Big Ten will use a 20-game league schedule. The Huskers' entire schedule will likely be released in August.

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


Husker basketball 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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