Popular portal target Scheierman includes home-state Huskers on loaded top 10 list

Popular portal target Scheierman includes home-state Huskers on loaded top 10 list

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Maybe the most popular guy in the college basketball portal just happens to be a native of Aurora, Nebraska.

And Baylor Scheiermanwho was a standout at South Dakota State, has included both Nebraska and Creighton among the 10 schools he is considering as a transfer destination.

But the other schools still involved include some of the most accomplished programs in the country, including the team that just won the national championship. Nebraska and Creighton are joined by Kansas, Duke, Kentucky, Texas, Mississippi State, Wake Forest, Clemson and Arkansas, according to Jonathan Givony of Draft Express on Wednesday. Givony reports that Scheierman has already conducted eight in-home visits and plans to announce in the next two weeks.

The 6-6 Scheierman was Summit League player of the year this past season at South Dakota State, after averaging 16.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.5 assists and shot 47 percent from behind the arc this past season for the Jackrabbits. Scheierman still could be an NBA Draft candidate as well, but clearly the portal has presented many alluring options.

Nebraska so far has added two portal additions to the roster this offseason in Sam Grieselfrom North Dakota State, and Juwan Gary from Alabama. Though making the final five of Illinois State transfer Antonio Reeves, the 6-6 dynamic scorer picked Kentucky as his school on Wednesday.

But Hoiberg likes his two adds so far. If he could complement them with a perimeter scoring weapon still in this cycle, he could complete the picture.

“Juwan adds a different dimension to our roster with his combination of athleticism and versatility,” Hoiberg said about Gary, a forward with two years to play, who averaged 6.5 points and 3.4 rebounds per game for the Crimson Tide last year. “He plays with physicality and can be used all over the floor. Juwan also has the experience of playing in two NCAA Tournaments and winning an SEC title in 2021, which gives him the understanding of what it takes to be successful at the highest level. “

With Griesel, the 6-6 Lincoln native could be an answer at point guard, though Ramel Lloyd Jr. is an incoming recruit this summer who also has strong point guard potential too.

“He wants me to play point guard and be a leader on this team, and that’s something I’ve been fortunate to experience the last two years up at North Dakota State, and I believe it will translate really well too here,” Griesel told Husker247. “I’m doing everything in my power to make a lasting impact at this university and change the lives and how people view Nebraska basketball.”

Those Husker fans pondering a game-changing addition like Scheierman might hope he has the same mindset as Griesel in that regard. Certainly the NIL market will be impressive for Scheierman schools being considered too.

As for the Husker roster as a whole, some public declarations on the part of Trey McGowens and Lat Mayan are still needed to bring full clarity to Nebraska’s scholarship numbers going into next season. They are one over the limit with both of them on it.

Here’s the full rundown of the Husker hoops scholarship chart as known right now. It will need to be at 13 when any further roster moving is complete.

Seniors
Derrick Walker
Trey McGowens
Lat Mayan
Sam Griesel

Junior
Keisei Tominaga

Juwan Gary

Sophomores
Blaise Keita
C. J. Wilcher
Wilhelm Breidenbach

redshirt freshmen
Oleg Kozhenets
Quaran McPherson
Denim Dawson

True Freshmen
Ramel Lloyd Jr.
James Lawrence

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