Grad transfer Kobe Webster apparently didn’t get enough of Lincoln in his one year as a Husker. He announced via a video on Twitter Tuesday evening that he’s returning for a fifth season of college basketball.
— “Fresh Prince” (@k10webster) March 16, 2021
Webster was one of two seniors on this year’s roster, and because the NCAA decided not to count this season towards eligibility, he’s eligible to return next season. Returning seniors will not count towards scholarship limits next season.
The 6-foot guard averaged 8.1 points, 1,7 rebounds and 1.3 assists in 23.1 minutes per game this season while shooting 38% from 3.
Webster went through a transition period early on as he adjusted to playing at the Big Ten level, but he shot 40.5% from 3 after the calendar turned to 2021. He hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on 12 attempts in Nebraska’s loss at Northwestern to close out the regular season.
“I think that’s a big part of it is he’s gotten use to the size and speed and has really taken less of the mid-range shots — he hit one tonight because he had it rolling — but he’s looking more for catch-and-shoot 3s and I think that’s helped his shooting percentage out there on the floor,” Coach Fred Hoiberg said after the Northwestern game. “I showed him the shooting chart of where we are with the mid-range shots and the 3-point shots. Now we need to find a way to manufacture more of those and also obviously plays in the restricted area.
“I love the rhythm and the flow that he’s playing with right now. He was just out there playing easy today and just kind of letting it come to him and stepped up and made huge shots and really kept us in the game.”
Webster started Nebraska’s last five games after coming off the bench for the first 22. He averaged 13.0 points and 2.4 assists while shooting 43.2% from 3 as a starter.
Webster spent his first three seasons at Western Illinois, putting up 16.7 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 34.0 minutes per game while starting all 85 games of his Leatherneck career.
With Yvan Ouedraogo, Akol Arop and Elijah Wood entering the transfer portal and Webster opting to return, Nebraska’s 2021-22 roster currently includes 11 scholarship players. Thorir Thorbjarnarson, Nebraska’s other senior, has not yet announced his plans.
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.