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Return to the 2006-07 Top 144 Preview

August 5th, 2006

By Joel Welser

Broadcast Basketball


Nebraska Cornhuskers

Overall Rank: #101

Conference Rank: #9 Big 12


2005-06: 19-14, 7-9, 6th   

2005-06 postseason: NIT


Coach Barry Collier left Nebraska to become the AD at his old stomping grounds of Butler.  That leaves nobody to coach at the moment.  And with the coaching change could come some roster changes.  It will take a little time for that to sort itself out, but the Husker faithful hope the core of the team will remain and, in the long run, welcome the change.


Who’s Out: We know that Wes Wilkinson, Jason Dourisseau, Bronsen Schliep and Tony Wilbrand have run out of eligibility.  Wilkinson led last years squad with 11.9 points and the forward tacked on 6.2 boards.  Dourisseau averaged 11.3 points and 7.3 rebounds.  Schliep and Wilbrand saw limited minutes off the bench backing up the frontcourt.  The transfers of Joe McCray, Marcus Walker and B.J. Walker leave even less experience in Lincoln.


Who’s In: Assuming they all stick around, this is a good class for Nebraska.  Redshirt freshman Chris Balham will be forced into action if Nebraska wants to run multiple post players.  The 6-8 power forward is still a raw talent, but his strength and defensive presence are very good and his potential is through the roof.  Small forward Kris Douse is a great athlete and has enough reach to play the four if the new coach opts for a four guard lineup.  Jay-R Stowbridge, Roburt Sallie and Ryan Anderson will battle for minutes at the one and two spots.  Stowbridge, a 6-0 point guard, averaged 14.0 points and 4.0 assists as a senior at Sparkman High School in Ardmore, Alabama.  Before spending some time at prep school, Sallie averaged 21.5 points per game at Sacramento Valley in California.  The 6-5 combo guard has a solid all-around game and is the incoming freshman that is expected to make the biggest impact immediately.  Shooting guard Ryan Anderson has amazing range and will help replace the loss of Wilkinson and McCray, the team’s top two long range threats a year ago. 


Who to Watch: Aleks Maric is the man in the paint…partly because he’s good and partly because there is no other big man that is expected to make a large contribution.  Maric averaged 10.9 points and a team high 8.1 boards as a sophomore and the 6-11 Australian should have even better numbers this season.  Kyle Marks, along with Balham, won’t have many expectations on them, but it would be quite helpful if one or both could at least fill in some minutes so the Huskers aren’t forced to run four guards all the time.


Final Projection: There is some returning talent in the backcourt with Jamel White, Charles Richardson, Jr. and Marcus Perry.  White averaged 8.7 points as a freshman in 13 starts and, if he can develop a little more consistency on the long ball, will be a solid guard for the Huskers.  Richardson has been dishing out assists since he stepped foot in Nebraska as a freshman during the 2003-2004 campaign.  As a senior, the pass first point guard will be asked to increase his leadership role for the young squad.  Perry averaged 4.2 points per game his first season with Nebraska after spending a couple years at the juco level.  His three-point shooting can provide a spark off the bench and it is hoped that Perry will be more effective when given the opportunity.  With all the questions surrounding the team without a coach, a postseason invite does not look too likely.


Projected Post-season Tournament: none


Projected Starting Five:

Charles Richardson, Senior, Guard, 4.4 points per game

Jamel White, Sophomore, Guard, 8.7 points per game

Roburt Sallie, Freshman, Guard, DNP last season

Kyle Marks, Sophomore, Forward, 1.0 points per game

Aleks Maric, Junior, Center, 10.9 points per game

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