Attrition is becoming too popular a word in Nebraska this summer.
Brady Heiman is officially in the transfer portal, a source confirmed to Hail Varsity Thursday, marking the third player to announce their intention to leave since Nebraska parted ways with Tim Miles.
A Springfield, Nebraska, native, Heiman appeared in 30 games for the Huskers as a true freshman but his minutes were in a constant state of flux and his production was minimal as he tried to get up to speed with the college game.
In conference play, he averaged seven minutes a night, 0.9 points and 0.7 rebounds while shooting exactly 50 percent from the floor. He showed flashes in the nonconference, with his best two games coming in his first two games.
Against Mississippi Valley State in the opener — a game Nebraska won 106-37 — Heiman played 21 minutes, scored nine points and grabbed 13 boards. The next time out against Southeastern Louisiana, Heiman put up 10 points and five boards in 17 minutes.
With Nebraska needing size and depth in the frontcourt, Heiman played during what should have been a redshirt season. Even still, seven times in conference play he saw fewer than five minutes on the floor, with three DNP-CDs.
The departure doesn’t come as a total surprise, as Heiman’s traditional back-to-the-basket game doesn’t quite mesh with what new coach Fred Hoiberg wants from his big men, but it does leave the Huskers with a glaring lack of size on the roster. Heiman joins Thomas Allen and Nana Akenten as departures since the coaching change as Hoiberg continues to reshape Nebraska’s roster.
Hoiberg has added graduate transfer guards Haanif Cheatham and Matej Kavas, won the signature of one of the nation’s top junior college prospects in Cam Mack, and retained 2019 signees Akol Arop and JUCO guard Jervay Green. Dalano Banton, a 6-foot-8 wing player who will sit one season to play three, signed with Nebraska on Wednesday.
Conflicting reports Wednesday suggested freshman guard Amir Harris was on his way out of Lincoln as well, though he denied he was leaving in an interview with the Lincoln Journal-Star.
Depending on what happens with forward Isaiah Roby, Nebraska currently has two open scholarships remaining for the 2019 season. Further attrition could see that number rise. If Roby decides to stay in the NBA Draft past the May 29 deadline, the Huskers would get one more scholarship.