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#74 Nebraska Cornhuskers
2003-04: 18-13, 6-10, 9th
2003-04 postseason: NIT
The Cornhusker’s 6-10 record in
the Big 12 doesn’t sound too good. Barry Collier’s squad did prove
themselves in the NIT beating Creighton and Niagara before falling to Hawaii
in a heartbreaker. Three of the four leading scorers are gone, but a stable
group of returnees can lead the Huskers back to the post season. Add some
able newcomers and Nebraska will be looking to improve on that 6-10 record.
Who’s Out: Nate Johnson led
the squad with 13 points per game. The 6-1 guard was also solid on the
boards grabbing 4.5 rebounds per contest. Forward Andrew Drevo scored 10.8
per game and added 4.3 boards in 26 starts. Brian Conklin ranked fourth on
the team in scoring with eight points per outing. Little used Adam Bohac,
James Reynolds and Bob Kempf are also not returning to Lincoln.
Who’s In: This year’s class
could step in and make an immediate impact. Aleks Maric could continue the
stream of talented big guys coming to college basketball from Australia.
The 6-11, 250 pound center helped the Aussie’s win a gold medal in the 2003
Under-19 World Championships. Maric is experienced and has a nice touch
under the basket. Shooting guard Joe McCray averaged 16.4 points his senior
year of high school. He is a solid shooter from behind the arc and at the
line and should see some quality minutes as a freshman. Junior college
transfer Marcus Perry will bring some more experience to the Husker
backcourt. Perry averaged 25.4 points per game last year at Southern Union
State Community College. Power forward Jim Ledsome was a late pick up for
Barry Collier. The 6-9, 210 pound, Maryland native shouldn’t see too many
minutes as a freshman but will add more depth to the frontcourt.
Who to Watch: John Turek
has been a staple for the Huskers over the last three seasons. He has
played in 86 of the 88 games in that span, but this year Nebraska will need
Turek to be a consistent scorer and a senior leader. The 6-9, 245 pound
forward is a strong and determined post player who can match up with anybody
in the Big 12. As a junior he scored 9.8 points, grabbed 5.9 boards and
blocked 1.2 shots per game. Especially early in the year, his teammates
will be looking to him to put points on the board.
Projected Conference Rank:
Nebraska has a lot of experienced, yet unproven, talent returning. Players
like Charles Richardson, Jr. and Wes Wilkinson could end up to be major
players for the Cornhuskers, despite limited playing time last year. An 8th
place finish and another trip to the NIT will be a good year for Nebraska.
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