Kevin Cross is the latest Husker to enter the NCAA Transfer Portal. The freshman forward announced his decision on Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.
— Kevin Cross (@saykev_2x) April 21, 2020
Cross is the second departure in the last week as Charlie Easley announced he was transferring to South Dakota State on Saturday.
Cross, a natural power forward listed generously at 6-foot-8, played primarily center for Nebraska in his lone season as a Husker. He averaged 18.3 minutes in 32 games with two starts. Cross provided an offensive spark at times off the bench, scoring 7.1 points per game with nine double-digit scoring games. However, he shot just 34.3% overall including 27.6% from 3. He chipped in 39 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.2 turnovers per game.
Cross struggled in Big Ten play as his numbers dipped to 6.3 points per game on 30.1% shooting (25.7% from 3). However, he went out with a bang, putting up season-highs with 23 points and nine rebounds in 25 minutes in Nebraska’s Big Ten Tournament loss to Indiana. He scored 17 points on 6-of-11 shooting (3-of-5 from 3) twice in the span of three games (at Wisconsin and against Michigan) in late January. He scored 19 points on 8-of-15 shooting and grabbed five rebounds in his second career game, a win over Souther Utah.
After a season in which the Huskers were incredibly undersized, Fred Hoiberg and Matt Abdelmassih prioritized adding more size and physicality to the roster. With Dalano Banton, Derrick Walker and Shamiel Stevenson coming off redshirts and Lat Mayen and Teddy Allen set to arrive this summer, Hoiberg has a lot more frontcourt options for 2020-21. The Huskers are also recruiting Adama Sanogo, a 2021 4-star center who has the option to reclassify to 2020. Sanogo cut his list from 10 down to six on Tuesday and it includes Nebraska.
Hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas, Cross chose Nebraska over Oklahoma State, TCU and Illinois coming out of Mills University Studies.
Cross is the fifth player to transfer out of the program since the end of the season and his departure leaves Nebraska with two open scholarships for 2020-21.
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.