LINCOLN — One hour before Brady Heiman’s accounting final — his last test of the semester — the 6-foot-11 freshman met with Fred Hoiberg in his office.
That’s where he was told to transfer.
“He asked me to not return,” Heiman told The World-Herald on Thursday. “So I thanked him and then put my name in the (transfer) portal.”
Heiman, a Platteview High School graduate, appeared in 30 games this season, averaging 8.5 minutes and 1.8 points per game. The 6-foot-11, 215-pound center shot 59.5% from the floor and 29.4% from the free-throw stripe and attempted one 3-point shot.
Hoiberg’s offense is heavily focused on 3-point shooting, particularly with big men.
“I enjoyed every part of the season,” Heiman said. “I went into it thinking I was going to redshirt and that obviously didn’t happen. I am glad I got the experience.”
Heiman was not the only player to meet with Hoiberg on Wednesday. As players wrapped up finals, many stopped by Hoiberg’s office before leaving town.
Scholarship players remaining from last year’s roster currently include Robert Morris transfer Dachon Burke, junior Thorir Thorbjarnarson, sophomore Amir Harris, redshirt freshman Karrington Davis and senior Isaiah Roby. Roby has entered the NBA draft but could still return for his senior season.
Harris, among those who met with Hoiberg on Wednesday, told The World-Herald he plans to stay with the program and continue his rehab. Harris suffered a meniscus injury in his left knee after Nebraska’s win over Iowa on March 10. The 6-foot-6 guard averaged 2.2 points and 2.5 rebounds per game in 23 appearances.
On Wednesday, Davis’ phone was not taking calls, and Thorbjarnarson didn’t respond to a message for comment. Burke has two seasons of eligibility remaining. A source said all players have been involved with the program like normal this spring.
Nebraska has two scholarships open with Heiman’s departure.
He told the World-Herald he’s already heard from Colorado State, UNO and South Dakota.
“I think that (staying close to home) will still be a big part of my decision,” Heiman said. “I just want to find the right fit at this point. I don’t care about the level.”
Heiman is the third scholarship player to transfer from Nebraska since the firing of Tim Miles. Thomas Allen transferred to North Carolina State soon after Hoiberg was named coach. Nana Akenten announced on April 17 he's leaving Nebraska but has not yet landed at a new school.
Nebraska has bolstered its roster in recent weeks to fit Hoiberg’s up-tempo, high-volume, 3-point shooting scheme, which will clash drastically with Miles’ slower, more deliberate offensive system.
Nebraska recently signed graduate transfers Haanif Cheatham and 3-point specialist Matej Kavas, and dynamic junior college guard Cam Mack. All three are immediately eligible. Dalano Banton, a 6-foot-8 utility forward, signed with Nebraska on Wednesday. He’ll sit out next season and then have three years of eligibility remaining.
World-Herald staff writer Mike Sautter contributed to this report.
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