Nebraska men's hoops vs. Mississippi Valley State, 11/6

Nebraska's Brady Heiman attempts a free throw against Mississippi Valley State at Pinnacle Bank Arena in November. The 6-foot-11 Heiman is transferring to South Dakota.

Former Husker basketball player Brady Heiman is transferring to South Dakota, Coyote head coach Todd Lee announced Thursday.

Heiman, a 6-foot-11 native of Springfield and a Platteview graduate, put his name into the transfer portal earlier in May. He will need to sit out one year according to NCAA rules, but South Dakota plans to file a waiver to allow him to play immediately.

“Brady is a very good student and will fit in great with the type of young men we have in our program,” Lee said in a news release. “He has a high skill level and can be a great rim protector. He is a very good athlete that runs the floor. Brady fits right into what we are looking for as an offensive player and he has the ability to be a great player in the Summit League.”

Heiman played in 30 games with Nebraska as a true freshman, averaging 1.8 points and 1.7 rebounds per game. His best game was against Minnesota in December, when he scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds off the bench.

From there, though, Heiman had his struggles. He scored 22 total points over Nebraska's final 27 games, and played a total of 15 minutes over NU's final five games even as the Huskers' roster numbers dwindled because of injuries and suspensions. After playing 26 minutes against Division II Southwest Minnesota State on Dec. 29, Heiman didn't play more than 11 minutes in any game the rest of the season.

When he signed with Nebraska in November 2017, Heiman became the first in-state scholarship player to sign with the Huskers in 16 years. He was the state's most highly recruited player as a high school senior in 2017-18 after averaging 17.3 points and 10 rebounds per game while leading Platteview to a 24-3 record and its third straight appearance in the Class B state tournament. He was a four-year starter for the Trojans, and was a Super-Stater his senior season.

Heiman was the third scholarship player to transfer out of the program since the end of the season, joining sophomore guards Thomas Allen and Nana Akenten.

Nebraska now has two open scholarships for the 2019-20 season, pending Isaiah Roby's decision whether to turn pro or return to school.


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