Just two days before the team’s exhibition game, the Nebraska basketball team has already seen a departure.
Sophomore forward Dedoch Chan has decided to leave the program less than three months after arriving in Lincoln and has already been removed from the team’s roster on huskers.com. The university confirmed that Chan will transfer at the end of the fall semester and continue his college career elsewhere.
Chan was a late addition to the team, committing on Aug. 9 during a visit to campus. Nebraska needed front court depth after Jordy Tshimanga’s decision to transfer late and they turned their sights to Chan, a 6-foot-8, 210-forward from Minnesota who spent his freshman season at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
Chan did not play in Nebraska’s closed scrimmage at Iowa State on Oct. 21. In Nebraska’s open practice scrimmage during the Huskers Hoops Preview on Wednesday, Chan didn’t show much, scoring one time on a putback, his only shot attempt during the 16-minute game.
With Chan’s departure, Nebraska is left with junior Isaiah Roby, senior Isaac Copeland Jr., senior Tanner Borchardt and freshman Brady Heiman in the front court with sophomore wing Nana Akenten also working with the bigs during portions of practice. Including walk-ons, Nebraska has 13 eligible players on its roster with Robert Morris transfer Dachon Burke sitting out this season in accordance with NCAA rules.
Chan’s departure also opens up a scholarship for future use. With just one scholarship player set to be a senior in 2019-20 and two commitments already in the 2020 class, the Huskers had filled their allotment of scholarships for the 2020-21 season. Chan’s departure leaves them with one open scholarships for that season at this stage.
Nebraska will take the court at Pinnacle Bank Arena for this first time this season for an exhibition game against Division II Wayne (Neb.) State on Thursday. Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.
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.