Nebraska’s second-leading scorer from last season will return for his senior season as Andrew White III announced Wednesday he will withdraw his name from the NBA Draft.
“I felt good about the pre-draft process, White said in a statement released by Nebraska. “It was encouraging, and I gained as much ground as anyone throughout the process. I wanted one more year to fine tune my game and put myself in better position for the NBA next summer.
“I want to thank the teams who invited me their in-house workouts, and Nebraska for supporting me during this process. It has been very helpful in gathering information in preparation for my future Thank you to everyone who has been following my progress throughout the spring and being understanding and supportive, as I evaluated whether to turn pro or return for my senior year.”
White, a Kansas transfer, tallied 16.6 points per game last season while shooting 48.1 percent from the floor and 41.2 percent from 3-point range. He also pulled down 5.9 rebounds per game.
“We are excited to have Andrew remain with our program,” coach Tim Miles said. “This has been a valuable time for him, as he has tested his skills against some of the best competition and received very important insight from key NBA personnel.
“We look forward to continuing to help Andrew’s development to improve his NBA profile even more than he already has done through this process. I believe next year could be our most complete team with a great opportunity for success in the Big Ten and NCAA tournament, I’m happy Andrew will be with us to go out and prove it.”
The news is certainly welcome for the Cornhuskers and Miles, who will be under pressure to show improvement after back-to-back disappointing seasons following an NCAA tournament appearance in 2014. Shavon Shields, last year’s leading scorer, has exhausted his eligibility and the Huskers will need White to help fill the void.
Another in-season tournament field for next season was revealed, as the DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced the eight teams that will make the trip to Fullerton, California.
UCLA, which was led to ten national titles by the event’s namesake, will take part as well CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Six of the eight teams have made prior appearances in the event, with Dayton and Nebraska being the two programs who will make their DirecTV Wooden Legacy debuts next season.
Portland and Virginia Tech reached the title game in their prior appearances, with the Pilots losing to West Virginia in 2009 and the Hokies falling to UNLV in 2010.
Last July Nebraska head coach Tim Miles was able to make a fashion statement of sorts thanks to adidas, which supplied him with his own pair of Stan Smith sneakers with his face on the tongue. Saturday the head coach showed off another custom pair of sneakers, with these being the adidas Superstar in Nebraska colors with some other images that let everyone know who the shoes are for.
While the outside of the left heel simply has a “Coach Miles” graphic, the outside of the right heel has the Nebraska “N” logo and a silhouette of Miles. While some head coaches whose programs are sponsored by adidas received Yeezys during the summer, what Miles has is a true limited edition sneaker.
Nebraska landed its second verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 Thursday afternoon, as three-star forward Jeriah Horne announced that he will play his college basketball for Tim Miles. Horne was also considering DePaul, Pepperdine and Wichita State, and he joins fellow forward Isaiah Roby in Nebraska’s 2016 recruiting haul to date.
The 6-foot-7 Horne attends The Barstow School in Kansas City, and he played for the KC Run GMC grassroots program on the Under Armour Gauntlet circuit this summer. As a junior Horne helped lead The Barstown School to a Missouri Class 3 state title, averaging 18.9 points per game.
While Horne has been labeled as a power forward, he also has the ability to step out on the perimeter and make plays. He and Roby can combine to help the Huskers account for the eventual loss of current senior Shavon Shields at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Among the forwards on the current Nebraska roster who will be on campus when Horne and Roby arrive next year are freshmen Jack McVeigh, Ed Morrow and Michael Jacobson.
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Nebraska received some star visitors for its opening football weekend as Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union visited campus on Saturday.
You might be wondering why a famous actress and perennial NBA all-star (from Marquette) might be visiting, but Union grew up in Omaha and her family has deep family history cheering for Nebraska football. So Wade and Union went to check out Nebraska’s home football opener against BYU.
Being a hooper, Wade and Union had to check out Nebraska’s basketball practice facility and head coach Tim Miles and the team were enthusiastic to greet them.
The basketball team clearly made an impression on Union.
Miles can use this visit as a positive for recruiting as he can point to how Union is a fan of the program and how she was impressed by everything they have to offer.
One day after deciding that he would announce his college choice on Saturday, four-star shooting guard Eron Gordon has had a change of heart.
Wednesday afternoon the Indianapolis native announced via Twitter that he’s decided to postpone his announcement, stating a desire to take visits before doing so. The 6-foot-3 Gordon is the younger brother of Eric and Evan Gordon, with the former playing one season at Indiana and the latter spending time at Liberty, Arizona State and Indiana.
While Eron has taken a number of unofficial visits, he has yet to take an official visit. Arizona State, Auburn, Butler, Indiana, LSU, Nebraska, Nevada, Notre Dame, Purdue and Xavier are the schools in the running for Gordon’s commitment at this time.