LINCOLN — The word to describe Nebraska basketball recruit Tai Webster's status for the coming season, Husker coach Tim Miles repeated Thursday, is “unclear.”
The 6-foot-3 freshman guard from New Zealand still hasn't gained NCAA eligibility, which is obtained through a combination of high school grade-point average and college entrance exam scores.
“That's why he's not here,” Miles said. “There are two more test scores he has completed in the past 10 days. We are waiting on those scores.
“He's close. But he's not there.”
Miles said no date for Webster's arrival in the United States has been set, which is contrary to various tweets and speculation. Miles also used the word “unclear” last week in a World-Herald interview while discussing Webster's status.
Nebraska had hoped Webster would arrive in time for the second session of summer school, which starts July 15. That is still possible.
The key date after that is Aug. 26 — the start of the 2013-14 school year.
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Webster's lingering eligibility issues potentially bring into play a delayed enrollment or time at a prep school, sources with knowledge of his situation said.
From November through March, Webster played professionally in Australia. He currently is playing in New Zealand's professional league, bypassing pay to retain his amateur status.
For the New Zealand Breakers, who compete in an Australian league, Webster averaged 1.0 points and 0.7 assists. For the Waikato team in New Zealand, he averages 17.9 points and 4.3 assists while shooting 46.8 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from 3-point range and 65.5 percent on free throws.
Through Sunday's games, Webster's team was in last place in the nine-team league at 1-10.
Other Husker news:
>> Nebraska's three full-time assistant coaches will all make more than $200,000 apiece when the new fiscal year starts July 1, a source with knowledge of the deals said.
Kenya Hunter, just hired from Georgetown, will be paid $230,000. According to sources at NU and Georgetown, that is believed to be a $40,000-a-year raise.
Current assistant Craig Smith will get about a $40,000 bump to between $200,000 and $205,000. Assistant Chris Harriman also will get a raise to about $205,000 to $210,000.
>> Miles praised Husker guard Deverell Biggs for diligent follow-up work since his April no-contest plea to a charge of driving under the influence. The junior out of Omaha Central redshirted last season.
“Later this summer,” the coach said, “we'll come to a conclusion on what we're going to do in terms of game punishment. But he has done really well. He's doing well in class, and his workouts are going great. I'm looking forward to coaching him.”
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