Nebraska's Thorir Thorbjarnarson

Nebraska's Thorir Thorbjarnarson appeared in 25 games last season, averaging two points and 2.1 rebounds. 

LINCOLN — Nebraska guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson will be a Husker next season, a source confirmed to The World-Herald on Friday.

The 6-foot-6 guard from Reykjavik, Iceland, appeared in 25 games this season, averaging two points and 2.1 rebounds.

A report this week indicated that Thorbjarnarson would be leaving the program. He instead will return for his third season at Nebraska.

In recent days, Nebraska has seen the departure of Brady Heiman and walk-on Justin Costello, who is transferring, a source told The World-Herald.

Costello — a redshirt freshman from Elkhorn South — put his name in the transfer portal this week, and is no longer listed on Nebraska’s roster online.

Costello has previously visited UNK.

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In two years at Nebraska, he played sparingly. He appeared in 10 games this season, scoring nine total points.

Heiman was told not to return to the team by Fred Hoiberg in a meeting. Hoiberg and his coaching staff are allowed to make such decisions under NCAA rules and regulations despite players signing four-year scholarships. Though the NCAA protects student-athlete scholarships in nearly every case, during a coaching change the NCAA allows the new coach to deny the renewal of the scholarship for the next season.

Thorbjarnarson also met with Hoiberg this week before leaving for Iceland.

Four other players recruited by Tim Miles remain on Nebraska’s roster: Amir Harris, Dachon Burke, Isaiah Roby and Karrington Davis. Burke, a 6-4 guard who transferred last year from Robert Morris, has two years of eligibility remaining. Roby has entered the NBA draft, and has until May 29 to decide if he’ll return. Harris told The World-Herald this week he plans on returning. Davis, a 6-6 guard who sat out this season with an injury, has not responded to requests for comment on his status with the team.

No Huskers from the 2018-19 roster other than Heiman, Costello and Nana Akenten are currently in the transfer portal.

Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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