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2022 Nebraska Men’s Basketball Offseason Tracker

May 17, 2022

The offseason has begun for Fred Hoiberg and the Nebraska men’s basketball team, and it promises to be filled with news as Hoiberg shuffles his coaching staff and looks to take a step forward in year four.

We will update this post throughout the offseason as the developments continue.

>> March 14: Senior forward Trevor Lakes enters the transfer portal.

The 6-foot-7 stretch forward played in 22 games in his two seasons as a Husker after transferring from Division II Indianapolis, averaging 2.6 points in 9.4 minutes per game while shooting 35.2% from the field and 30.6% from 3. He dealt with shoulder injuries throughout his Husker career including one that led to him shutting it down for the season after playing in just eight games this year. He’ll need the NCAA to grant him a medical redshirt for this season in order to play another season elsewhere.

**Update: Lakes committed to Division II Southern Indiana on March 27.

>> March 17: Hoiberg and lead recruiter Matt Abdelmassih mutually agree to part ways.

>> March 18: Special assistant to the head coach Doc Sadler departs as Nebraska eliminates his position.

>> March 20: North Dakota State transfer and Lincoln East graduate Sam Griesel announces his commitment to Nebraska.

>> March 21: Freshman Bryce McGowens announces he is entering the 2022 NBA Draft. McGowens signed with Roc Nation Sports, Jay-Z’s agency.

>> March 22: Second-year center Eduardo Andre enters the transfer portal.

The 6-foot-11, 237-pound center averaged 3.1 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 turnovers while shooting 57.1% from the field and 52.4% from the free-throw line in 11.5 minutes per game this season for the Huskers. Andre broke into the rotation late last season as a freshman after COVID-19 sidelined him early in the year. He averaged 2.7 points and 2.2 rebounds while shooting 64.7% from the field in 8.8 minutes per game overall. 

Andre’s most productive game in Lincoln was against Sam Houston State early this season as he scored 11 points and grabbed seven rebounds in 15 minutes. He scored double digits just one more time with a 10-point performance at Iowa this season.

Starting center Derrick Walker could choose to return to Nebraska for an extra season of eligibility. The Huskers also signed the top-ranked junior college center in the country in Coffeyville Community College big man Blaise Keita. Oleg Kojenets, a 7-foot freshman, redshirted this season.

Andre has three years of eligibility remaining.

** Update: Andre committed to Fresno State on April 26.

>> March 24: Second-year wing Keon Edwards enters the transfer portal.

The 6-foot-7 wing was a highly-regarded 4-star recruit in high school before enrolling early at DePaul last season. He played in five games as a Blue Devil before transferring to Nebraska last summer.

Edwards played in just 19 games as a Husker, averaging 5.6 minutes per game. He started five games following Trey mcGowens’ injury but did little with the opportunity and fell out of the rotation. Edwards scored just 10 points in 107 minutes, shooting 4-of-21 from the field including 1-of-15 from 3. Edwards also recorded 14 rebounds, two assists, two steals, five turnovers and 12 fouls.

Hoiberg addressed the departures of Lakes, Andre and Edwards on Thursday.

“Everyone in our team appreciates the work and contributions that Eduardo, Keon and Trevor have made during their time at Nebraska.” Hoiberg said in a release.  “I have enjoyed coaching all of them and we will support them as they finish the spring semester at Nebraska and begin the process of looking at other schools. I wish them the best in the future.”

>> March 25: Top-ranked 2022 commit Ramel Lloyd Jr. affirmed his commitment to Nebraska following the departure of lead recruiter Matt Abdelmassih. Blaise Keita, the top-ranked JUCO center, affirmed his commitment earlier in the week.

Lloyd, a 6-foot-7 4-star combo-guard from Sierra Canyon (Calf.), is ranked 86th in the 247Sports Composite. He has the size to play on the wing but the playmaking ability to run the point, making him a versatile piece for Fred Hoiberg.

The 6-foot-11, 230-pound Keita played in 18 games for Kirkwood Community College this season after dealing with an early-season injury. He averaged 12.8 points on 51.8% shooting and 9.8 rebounds per game.

It appears Nebraska’s 2022 class will remain intact with Lloyd, Keita, 3-star Roselle Catholic (N.J.) shooting guard Jamarques Lawrence and 3-star wing Denim Dawson (already on campus) in addition to Griesel as a transfer. The class is ranked 30th nationally and seventh in the Big Ten according to 247Sports.

With all four recruits remaining committed, Griesel’s addition and the departures of Bryce McGowens, Keon Edwards, Eduardo Andre and Trevor Lakes, Nebraska is currently sitting at the max 13 scholarships committed for next season. However, that includes Derrick Walker, Trey McGowens and Lat Mayen who could choose to return to Nebraska for an extra season of eligibility.

>> March 28: Nebraska makes Griesel’s addition official by announcing his signing with the program.

“Sam brings a lot of experience, leadership and versatility to our program,” Hoiberg said in a release. “He’s a physical guard who can [play] all over the floor for us with his combination of size, skill and basketball IQ. He’s played point guard at North Dakota State the past two years and gives us a bigger guard who can match up well in the Big Ten.  Sam is a four-year starter who has played in the NCAA Tournament and understands what it takes to win at a high level. He’s also excited to come back home and represent Nebraska, and we are pleased to add him to the Husker program.”

>> March 29: Derrick Walker announces he is returning for his extra season of eligibility at Nebraska.

Walker was Nebraska’s third-leading scorer, leading rebounder and second-leading distributor this season, averaging 9.5 points, 6.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists. He set a new program record for field goal percentage at 68.3% and Hoiberg tweaked his offense midseason to more prominently feature Walker. The 6-foot-9 big man notched three double-doubles and scored a career-high 16 points on three occasions.

Walker was part of Hoiberg’s first recruiting class at Nebraska, sitting out the 2019-20 season as a redshirt after transferring from Tennessee. After serving an NCAA suspension to open the 2020-21 season, Walker has started in 48 straight games for the Huskers.

>> April 4: Nebraska announced the hiring of Adam Howard to Hoiberg’s staff.

Howard filled the vacancy on Hoiberg’s staff left by Matt Abdelmassih’s departure. Howard comes to Lincoln from South Alabama where he was the associate head coach this past season. He previously coached at Troy, Tennessee, Southern Miss and Morehead State.

>> April 15: Missouri State hires Buzzy Caruthers as an assistant coach.

Caruthers spent the past three seasons as the director of player development at Nebraska. He also filled in as the color commentator for Nebraska’s games on B1G+.

>> April 21: Alabama transfer Juwan Gary commits to Nebraska.

Nebraska made his transfer official on Friday with a release.

“Juwan adds a different dimension to our roster with his combination of athleticism and versatility,” Hoiberg said. “He plays with physicality and can be used all over the floor.  Juwan also has the experience of playing in two NCAA Tournaments and winning an SEC title in 2021, which gives him the understanding of what it takes to be successful at the highest level.”

>> April 29: Nebraska sophomore walk-on Jace Piatkowski enters the transfer portal.

The son of program legend Eric Piatkowski walked on out of Elkhorn South High School in 2019 and redshirted that first season. He played in 10 games as a redshirt freshman, hitting his only shot from the field (a 3-pointer) and splitting a pair of free throws for four points and grabbing two rebounds in 18 minutes. He did not play this season while dealing with injuries and illness.

>> April 29: Nebraska recruiting coordinator Athan Katsantonis announced his departure from the program.

Katsantonis joined the program as a graduate assistant in 2020 before taking over as recruiting coordinator for the 2021-22 season following the departure of Shannan Lum.

>> May 4: Elkhorn South senior Henry Burt commits to walk on at Nebraska.

Burt, a 6-foot-6, 215-pound post, led the Storm with 12.6 points on 62% shooting and 6.1 rebounds as a senior. Burt played in just nine varsity games while scoring 15 points as a junior but continued to improve and had a breakout season this year.

With Burt’s addition, the 2022-23 season will be the eighth straight for Nebraska with an Elkhorn South graduate on the roster as a walk-on, following Johnny Trueblood, Justin Costello and Piatkowski.

>> May 7: Ashland-Greenwood guard Cale Jacobsen commits to Nebraska as a preferred walk-on.

>> May 17: SMU transfer Emmanuel Bandoumel announced his commitment to Nebraska on Instagram.

 

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Bandoumel is a 6-foot-4, 180-pound shooting guard from Quebec City, Quebec, Canada who spent the past three season at SMU. Last season, he averaged 10.6 points on 36.1% shooting (35.2% from 3) and 82.3% from the free-throw line, 3.8 rebounds and 1.8 assists while starting all 33 games for the Mustangs.

As a junior, Bandoumel averaged 10.2 points on 40.9% from the field (36.4% from 3) and 73.3% from the foul line, 2.9 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.6 turnovers in 17 games, all starts. He chipped in 6.3 points on 34.9% shooting (22.3% from 3) and 77.3% free-throw shooting in 30 games with 18 starts as a sophomore.

Bandoumel began his college career at Hill College where he averaged 13.9 points on 53% shooting (39% from 3) and 80.8% from the foul line in 30 games including 27 starts as a freshman.

“Emmanuel gives us another guard with positional size on the perimeter,” Hoiberg said in a release. “He’s started the last two-plus years at SMU and is a good 3-point shooter who has shot over 35 percent each of the past two seasons.  Defensively, he has the size and athleticism to guard several spots which matches up well with our other backcourt players. He also brings experience and leadership having started at SMU for the past three seasons. In Sam (Griesel), Juwan (Gary) and Emmanuel, I think we’ve added three players from the portal who will help us defensively with their length and size.”

With Bandoumel’s commitment, Nebraska has filled its scholarship allotment for the 2022-23 season as Trey McGowens continues to pursue professional opportunities.

>> May 19: Arizona State transfer Jeffrey Grace III commits to Nebraska as a walk-on.

 

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Grace redshirted last season as a freshman at Arizona State. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound guard from Elmhhurst, Illinois was an AAU teammate of Sam Hoiberg with Breakaway Basketball.

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