Purdue vs. Nebraska, 2.23

Nebraska guard Amir Harris (1) gets fouled by Purdue’s Matt Haarms (32) and scores the basket in the second half on Feb. 23 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

It didn't take long for Amir Harris to find a new home.

The former Nebraska basketball guard, who entered the transfer portal earlier this week, announced Saturday he was transferring to George Washington University.

Harris, a native of Frederick, Maryland, averaged 2.2 points and 2.5 rebounds for Nebraska during a freshman season that saw him limited first by mononucleosis, and then by a torn meniscus in the regular-season finale against Iowa.

He told the Journal Star two weeks ago his plan was to stay at Nebraska for his sophomore season and be ready for fall workouts after rehabbing his knee, but later became the latest phase in Fred Hoiberg's reconstruction of the NU roster.

The 6-foot-6 Harris is an elite defender who was drawing attention from NBA scouts for his work on that end of the floor, former Nebraska coach Tim Miles said during the season.

As Nebraska's roster numbers dwindled late in the year, Harris took on a larger role.

Iowa was his best game of the season. Playing most of the way on an injured knee, Harris made two clutch free throws late in regulation and scored the game-winning layup in overtime. He shot 57% from the field for the season, with all those baskets coming at the rim.

Currently, Harris would have to sit out next season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules before having three years of eligibility remaining near his home. George Washington is about 50 miles from Frederick.

Huskers expected to land forward: French forward Yvan Ouedraogo will pick Nebraska when he announces his college decision Sunday, according to an ESPN report.

A source would neither confirm nor deny the report to the Journal Star, only reiterating that Ouedraogo would make his decision on Sunday.

Should Ouedraogo indeed pick the Huskers, he would be an intriguing addition to Fred Hoiberg's rebuilt roster.

Just 17 years old, Ouedrago checks in at 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds with a near 7-foot wingspan. And with Nebraska's decided lack of depth in the front court, the native of Bordeaux, France, would likely get every opportunity to establish himself in Nebraska's rotation.

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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