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Power forward Michael Jacobson becomes Nebraska’s first 2015 commitment

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Nebraska head coach Tim Miles has landed his first commitment in the Class of 2015, with it being reported Thursday evening by the Lincoln Journal-Star that 6-foot-8 power forward Michael Jacobson has decided to become a Cornhusker. The news was confirmed by multiple outlets Friday morning.

As a junior at Waukee High School in Waukee, Iowa, Jacobson posted averages of 17.1 points and 9.7 rebounds per game. Jacobson played his grassroots basketball for the Mokan Elite program this summer, averaging 7.8 points and 6.5 rebounds per contest in Nike EYBL play. Waukee head coach Justin Ohl said the following when discussing his player’s decision with the Des Moines Register:

“I think it’s a great opportunity to play in the Big Ten, one of the best conferences in this country, and at a school like Nebraska that’s on the uptick,” Ohl said. “I think Michael saw the commitment to basketball there with their facility and fan support … I think he developed a really strong relationship with the staff and felt really good about the program.”

Jacobson will join a program that loses graduate transfer Moses Ayegba at the end of this season, but the Cornhuskers will have other options in the paint in 2015-16. Walter Pitchford and Jacob Hammond will both have eligibility remaining, and Leslee Smith is expected to be back as well. Smith, a 6-foot-8 senior, will miss the entire 2014-15 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

No. 13 Iowa State suspends Jameel McKay indefinitely

Iowa State forward Georges Niang, forward Jameel McKay, forward Abdel Nader and guard Deonte Burton celebrate after center Stuart Nezlek scored late in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Coppin State, Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015, in Ames, Iowa. Iowa State won 104-84 (AP Photo/Justin Hayworth)
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Already lacking depth, No. 13 Iowa State will be short a key contributor Saturday when they take on Oklahoma State in Stillwater.

Friday night it was announced that senior forward Jameel McKay has been suspended indefinitely by head coach Steve Prohm and did not make the trip with the team. McKay, who’s been dealing with knee issues recently, is averaging 12.4 points and a team-high 9.0 rebounds per game on the season.

Over the last six games he’s averaging 7.7 points and 8.7 rebounds per contest, shooting 60.6 percent from the field.

McKay has been asked to man the middle for a team lacking in both size and depth, with Georges Niang shifting over to the five when McKay needs a break for either rest or foul trouble reasons. Without McKay even more responsibility falls upon the shoulders of Niang, Abdel Nader and Deonte Burton in the front court.

The Cyclones are looking to end a two-game losing streak, and even with Oklahoma State’s struggles accomplishing that gets tougher with McKay out of the lineup.

News of McKay’s suspension was first reported by the Ames Tribune.

UNLV dismisses guard Daquan Cook from team

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LAS VEGAS (AP) UNLV junior guard Daquan Cook has been dismissed from the team.

Interim coach Todd Simon made the announcement on Friday, though no reason was given.

Cook was suspended for 13 games by previous coach Dave Rice in November after being arrested and charged with DUI.

Cook appeared in two games this season after being reinstated, scoring three points in four minutes. He missed the 2014-15 season after tearing his right ACL and played 28 games as a sophomore.