Fred Hoiberg said his staff would continue to monitor the transfer portal with one open scholarship remaining, and the Huskers seem to have found the fit they were looking for as Ball State grad transfer Jarron Coleman announced his commitment on Instagram Sunday.
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The 6-foot-5, 210-pound guard was a second-team All-MAC selection last season after averaging 14.3 points, 4.9 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 2.5 turnovers and 1.3 steals while shooting 37.6% from the field, 35.2% from 3 and 77.6% from the free-throw line. He scored 20-plus points five different times with a high of 29 and dished out a season-high eight assists three different times while playing for former Nebraska assistant Michael Lewis at Ball State.
After redshirting in 2018-19, the Indianapolis native won MAC Freshman of the Year in 2019-20, averaging 9.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists while shooting 45.6% from the field (32.5% from 3). He upped his production to 13.8 points, 5.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists on 47.7% shooting (42.5% from 3) as a redshirt sophomore, though a broken bone in his foot delayed his season-debut and limited him to 13 games.
Coleman transferred to Missouri for the 2021-22 season, starting 21 of his 32 games and averaging 8.6 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 2.7 turnovers while shooting 36.1% from the field (30.3% from deep) and 64.3% from the foul line.
Coleman transferred back to Boise State for his senior year and led the Cardinals to a 20-12 season, then opted to return to college for a fifth season of eligibility (and sixth year overall).
Coleman entered the portal as a graduate transfer on Aug. 1, and the Nebraska staff managed to secure a commitment from him afar while on the team’s tour of Spain. With Ahron Ulis’ eligibility in doubt in relation to the Iowa gambling investigation, point guard once again became a need for the Huskers and the staff was aggressive using the last scholarship to find an answer. With Ulis not playing, sophomore Jamarques Lawrence started at point guard in all three games in Spain while redshirt freshmen Ramel Lloyd Jr. and Cale Jacobsen also shouldered some of the lead ball-handler responsibilities.