LINCOLN — If you want to play point guard for the Nebraska men’s basketball team this season, there’s still time to apply.
“Ask me in a month,’’ NU coach Tim Miles said Thursday on who has the job.
Incoming recruit Deverell Biggs out of Omaha Central was considered the top option after his junior college All-America season at Seward County (Kan.) Community College.
But the 6-foot junior is still pondering whether to redshirt this season.
“Deverell, when we recruited him, said, ‘I think I want to redshirt,’” Miles said. “I said, ‘That’s not a deal-breaker to me. It’s not a preference. I’d rather have you play. But I’ll honor that wish if you want.’”
Biggs is still leaning toward the redshirt, Miles said, but more consideration is coming between now and the season opener Nov. 11 against Southern.
Incoming freshman Benny Parker is a point guard. Junior Ray Gallegos, who redshirted last season, could be a candidate.
Miles said his motion offense is guard-centric, not necessarily point guard-centric.
“We do our best when we have a nice combination of guards,” he said. “I’m not sure how that’s going to pan out for us.”
The first-year coach has 11 scholarship recruits, two under the NCAA limit. At least two of the 11 — transfers Walter Pitchford (Florida) and Terran Petteway (Texas Tech) — must sit this season. If Biggs redshirts, NU would have eight scholarship players.
Nebraska has added a walk-on guard in Mike Peltz from Alliance, Neb., who played the past two seasons at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff.
The 6-2, 199-pound junior averaged 7.5 points, 6.2 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals for WNCC (26-7). He also had a 3.83 grade average.
“I’ve known Mike for a long time and tried to recruit him to Colorado State,” Miles said. “He is a very smart player who will fit into our system.”
The Huskers (12-18, 4-14 in the Big Ten) start practice at 5 p.m. Friday at the Devaney Center.
Miles said what success the team may have in a transition year will depend a lot on seniors Brandon Ubel, Dylan Talley and Andre Almeida, and how the team rallies around them.
“You owe it to your seniors to do the best you can,” he said. “This group has got it tough. We’re going to be short-handed. We could be as few as eight scholarship guys, with three new guys and a couple who didn’t play much last year.
“I like this group. They are hard-working. But we have challenges to overcome.”
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