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Nebraska Lands Commitment from Former DePaul Wing Keon Edwards

April 17, 2021

Fred Hoiberg said on Thursday that his staff was going to continue to look for ways to improve the roster, and they did just that on Saturday as DePaul transfer Keon Edwards announced his commitment to Nebraska.

Edwards, a 6-foot-7, 185-pound wing, was originally part of the 2021 class before deciding to reclassify and join the blue Demons for the 2020-21 season. He announced his decision in early December, shortly before the season began.

Edwards was a consensus top-100 recruit in 2020 class but was ranked even more highly in his original class. He played in just five games for DePaul, scoring nine points and grabbing four rebounds in 39 minutes of action.

DePaul fired head coach Dave Leitao after the Blue Devils finished 5-14 this season, and Edwards entered the NCAA Transfer Portal on March 30.

“Keon was one of the top 50 players in this year’s class before he enrolled at DePaul, and that experience will help make a quicker adjustment than a typical freshman,” Hoiberg said in a release announcing Edwards’ addition on Monday. “His skillset blends well with our roster, as he is a three-level scorer who can create his own shot and moves well without the ball. We wanted to add more size, shooting and athleticism on the wing to our roster, and I think that is an area we have addressed.”

Edwards averaged 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.6 assists, 2.4 steals and 1.9 blocks in 18 games at Hillcrest Prep in Arizona during his junior season of high school.

“We’re always looking at ways to improve our roster,” Hoiberg said on Thursday. “If we can go out and find somebody that we feel would be a good addition to our roster, then we’ll talk about it and see if we want to add another player. We’ve got two scholarships at the current moment. We’re always evaluating how we can improve the roster not only for next year but in the long term as well. We’re talking, as all programs do. You continue to talk, you continue to build relationships with these players and kind of see where it goes.”

Edwards’ addition pushes Nebraska to 14 players on scholarship, leaving Nebraska with one more available spot. As returning seniors, Kobe Webster and Trevor Lakes do not count towards Nebraska’s 13-scholarship limit. He’s the second transfer from another four-year school the Huskers have added this cycle, joining former Xavier guard C.J. Wilcher.

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