Jordy Tshimanga

Nebraska's Jordy Tshimanga played in 31 games as a sophomore last season, starting 18. He averaged 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game.

LINCOLN — For the second time this year, Jordy Tshimanga has left the Nebraska men’s basketball team.

But look for this departure to be permanent.

NU coach Tim Miles said in a statement that Tshimanga, who will be a junior, requested a release from his scholarship Thursday night.

“Jordy called me (Thursday) and asked for his release,” Miles said. “The University of Nebraska and our program wish Jordy and his family the best.”

The 6-foot-11 Tshimanga, from Montreal, first left the team for several days in January while contemplating a transfer. He started the first 18 games of the season, averaging 3.5 points and 5.1 rebounds. Tshimanga rejoined the team, citing “personal issues” as the reason for his short absence.

By late February, Tshimanga proclaimed he would be at Nebraska for the rest of his college career.

“One reason I came here,” Tshimanga said at the time, “is because we have a great group of guys and want to do things that have never been done here before.”

By season’s end, Tshimanga averaged 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. He also averaged a foul every six minutes on the floor. When he was taken out of the starting lineup, Miles began to use a smaller, more effective lineup that had Isaiah Roby as a starter.

In April, the coach who recruited Tshimanga to Nebraska, Kenya Hunter, left for an assistant position at Connecticut. Tshimanga was limited this summer in workouts because of a cleanup procedure on a previously injured knee.

His departure leaves NU relying on two in-state players at center next season: Tanner Borchardt, a former walk-on from Gothenburg who received a scholarship last December and may get another this semester to begin his senior season, and 6-11 true freshman Brady Heiman, who averaged 17.3 points, 10.1 rebounds and 4.4 blocks as a high school senior for Class B Platteview.

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