Sophomore wing Nana Akenten announced on Twitter that he is transferring from Nebraska.
The 6-foot-6, 218-pound wing from Bolingbrook, Illinois, averaged 4.3 points and 2.5 rebounds in 12.9 minutes per game this season. He shot 36.4 percent from the field including 30.4 percent from 3.
As a freshman, Akenten did not redshirt but never cracked the rotation as he appeared in just seven games, scoring seven points in 21 minutes of action.
Akenten got off to a strong start this season as the team’s sixth man during nonconference play, averaging 6.6 points and 4.1 rebounds in 15.5 minutes per game while shooting 40.9 percent from 3. However, his play fell off in the Big Ten as he shot just 6-of-35 (17.1 percent) from deep in 17 games and averaged 2.8 points and 2.1 rebounds in 11.1 minutes per game.
Former coach Tim Miles suspended Akenten indefinitely on March 7 and the sophomore missed the final six games of the season.
Assistant coach Armon Gates said on Monday that Akenten was still part of the program but needed to take care of some academic things.
Akenten was rated as a 3-star recruit coming out of Bolingbrook High School in 2017. He picked up several mid-major offers before choosing Nebraska, the only high-major program to offer him a scholarship.
Akenten’s departure leaves Nebraska with five open scholarships for next season.
Jacob Padilla has been writing for Hail Varsity since 2015. He covers football, volleyball men’s basketball and prep sports. He also co-hosts the Nebraska Preps Postgame and Nebraska Shootaround podcasts for the Hurrdat Media and Hail Varsity podcast networks. 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.