The buzz surrounding Nebraska men’s basketball team this off season isn’t going away time soon.
On Monday, NCAA.com reporter Andy Katz released his first “Power 36” for the 2018-19 season.
The Power 36 is a list of Katz’s top 36 teams in the country. He created this most recent list on the heels of the NBA Draft deadline, which was May 30.
The Huskers come in at No. 16. Katz wrote the following, “The Huskers got James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland back, with Glynn Watson at the point, giving the Huskers experience, scoring and the ability to defend at key positions. Nebraska will be playing with a bit of an edge that should bode well for a potential Big Ten title season.”
Head coach Tim Miles told KLIN’s “LNK Today with Jack & Friends” on June 1 that he’s confident that this current roster has the necessary tools to have an even better run than last year’s 22-11 result.
“I’m excited about next season,” Miles said. “I like the young guys we’ve brought in that I think could be complimentary guys. Quite frankly, we weren’t as successful in the grad transfer market this year, because we had so much coming back in their eyes.”
The Huskers return six of their top eight scorers from last season, and will add freshmen Brady Heiman, Karrington Davis and Amir Harris to the fold. Nebraska also added graduate transfer Dachon Burke in late April, but he’ll sit out the 2018-19 season.
There’s still one scholarship opening on Nebraska’s roster, and it could possibly be filled by UTSA transfer and Hastings, NE native Deon Lyle.
Lyle announced on May 18 that he was leaving UTSA to test the waters in the NBA Draft, but will instead will play at another school for his senior year. Lyle averaged 11.3 points per game last season, and tied UTSA’s single-season record with 96 three-pointers made in 2017-18. Lyle also earned Conference USA Sixth Player of the Year recognition.
Creighton and South Dakota State are among the other teams in pursuit of Lyle this offseason.