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NU Men's Basketball Practice at PBA, 10.24.18

Nebraska's Glynn Watson Jr. (left) enjoys a moment with teammate Tanner Borchardt on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, during an open practice at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Top end talent

The depth is untested, but few teams in the Big Ten will be able to match Nebraska's starting five when it comes to raw skill. James Palmer, Isaiah Roby and Isaac Copeland will all play high-level professional basketball, whether it's in the NBA or an elite overseas league. Glynn Watson is a four-year veteran at point guard who gives the Huskers a reliable option in tight, late-game situations. And Thomas Allen is a former four-star recruit who played his best last season against Nebraska's best opponents. Nebraska will have a chance in every game it plays as long as those five are on the floor.

A chance for history

If things go according to plan, Nebraska will be playing very meaningful basketball in February and March. This is a NCAA Tournament-caliber team, with the talent to win games if it gets there.

Positionless basketball

Nebraska's tallest player, 6-foot-11 Brady Heiman, is just as comfortable at the three-point line as he is in the lane. Every other player on the roster stands between 6-foot and 6-foot-9. It's a team full of players comfortable playing, and guarding, multiple positions, with the ability to score from multiple spots on the court. Tim Miles has a lot of interchangeable pieces, and that versatility could come in handy on nights when NU's offense isn't firing on all cylinders or foul trouble throws a wrench into defensive plans.

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

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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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