Published Saturday, July 13, 2013 at 10:32 pm / Updated at 10:37 pm
BASKETBALL
New Zealand recruit lands in Lincoln

Nebraska basketball recruit Tai Webster has arrived in Lincoln from New Zealand, Husker coach Tim Miles confirmed Saturday night.

Getting Webster on campus from 7,750 miles away is a big first step for the player considered the prize of Miles’ first full recruiting class.

Yet the combo guard still isn’t certified by the NCAA to play the coming season.

Webster is set to begin second-session summer classes at NU on Monday. Neither enrollment nor class attendance in college affects the NCAA certification process, which focuses on initial eligibility factors such as core high school courses and standardized test scores.

A denial of NCAA certification for 2013-14 would create the possibility of time at a prep school or delayed full-time college enrollment.

Webster, who turned 18 in May, recently finished a 16-game season in the National Basketball League of New Zealand. His team, described in many reports as “undermanned,” finished 2-14.

Webster played both guard spots for the Waikato Pistons, averaging 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.8 turnovers. He hit 50.6 percent of his field goals, 28.1 percent of his 3-pointers and 65.6 percent of his free throws.

Nebraska, since getting Webster’s commitment, has listed him at 6-3 and 185 pounds. Most international basketball websites list him at 6-1.

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Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald.

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