Fred Hoiberg made a late addition to his 2021 recruiting class on Monday as Link Year Prep (Missouri) guard Quaran McPherson committed to the Huskers.
McPherson is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound combo-guard originally from Queens, New York. He spent time at Woodstock Academy in Connecticut before transferring to Link Year Prep in Branson, Missouri, for the 2020-21 season.
“Quaran gives us a combo guard with size and toughness,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said in a release after McPherson. “He’s a physical guard who can score at all three levels and has a good understanding of the game. The thing that stands out about Quaran is the he loves to compete, and he’s been around successful programs so he understands what it takes to win.”
Nebraska had been recruiting McPherson for some time and he chose the Huskers over offers from Auburn and Connecticut among others.
— Link Hoops (@linkhoops) May 3, 2021
McPherson is a strong, athletic scoring guard who attended and performed well at the Pangos All-American Camp back in November.
Quaran McPherson had a big scoring outing at the @PangosAACamp over the weekend. The NY native pumped in 29 points in one game. He said he's hearing from Auburn, Nebraska, UConn, St John's, Seton Hall, Providence, Cal, AZ State. Said he's open to "a change of scenery" for college pic.twitter.com/HHhi0A4WV2
— HoopSeen (@hoopseen) November 10, 2020
McPherson averaged 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists for Link Year Prep as the Lions went 26-4 and was runner-up at the 2021 Post Grad Nationals. He spent his senior year at Woodstock Academy averaging 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals on a team loaded with Division I talent. Before that, he spent two years at Christ the King in Queens, though he missed the second half of his junior season with a torn ACL and meniscus. McPherson began high school at The Patrick School.
McPherson joins a top-15 recruiting class nationally that already including 5-star guard Bryce McGowens, 4-star forward Wilhelm Breidenbach, Lithuanian center Oleg Kojenets, Ranger community College guard Keisei Tominaga, Xavier transfer guard C.J. Wilcher and DePaul transfer wing Keon Edwards.
McPherson provides Hoiberg with another option in an already crowded backcourt with primary initiators Trey McGowens and Dalano Banton; sharp-shooters Kobe Webster, Wilcher and Tominaga; and dynamic all-around scorer Bryce McGowens.
McPherson’s addition pushes Nebraska’s scholarship count for 2021-22 back to 14 following Shamiel Stevenson’s departure. Nebraska still has one open scholarship because Webster and Trevor Lakes don’t count towards the 13-scholarship limit as returning seniors.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.