Jordy Tshimanga is transferring out of the Nebraska men's basketball program.
Reached by phone late Thursday evening while recruiting in California, Husker coach Tim Miles gave this statement:
"Jordy called me tonight and asked for his release. The University of Nebraska and our program wish Jordy and his family the best."
The 6-foot-11 Tshimanga would have been a junior for the Huskers the upcoming season. He played in 62 games over two seasons in Lincoln, making 27 starts, and averaged 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.
Tshimanga started the first 18 games of the 2017-18 season before briefly leaving the team in mid-January due to what he and the team deemed "personal issues." He did not travel with the Huskers for their game at Penn State on Jan. 12, and also missed NU's game against Illinois on Jan. 15 before returning to the team.
"I know he's incredibly frustrated with, just, everything, and he's felt like he's not playing well, and we just need to see where he's at," Miles said at the time.
Before his brief departure, Tshimanga had averaged 3.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 38 percent from the field. He had also undergone a minor knee procedure before the season. After returning to the team, Tshimanga's scoring average jumped to nearly five points per game while his field goal percentage went up to nearly 57 percent.
Nebraska also found its groove midway through the season going with a smaller starting lineup with Tshimanga coming off the bench. With 6-foot-8 forward Isaiah Roby taking Tshimanga's spot in the lineup, Nebraska ended the season 22-11, including an upset of eventual national title game participant Michigan.
Tshimanga's transfer leaves Nebraska with two open scholarships for the upcoming season.
The Huskers added 6-foot-11 freshman Brady Heiman, a Platteview graduate, in this spring's recruiting class. NU also put 6-foot-8 forward Tanner Borchardt on scholarship for the second half of the 2017-18 season.