LINCOLN — Nebraska missed out on what could have been a key piece of the roster Tuesday. Jayce Johnson, a 7-foot center who’ll be immediately eligible, chose Marquette over the Huskers. He took official visits to both schools.
Last year at Utah, Johnson averaged 7.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Nebraska has four open scholarships, and could have five if Isaiah Roby doesn’t return after entering the NBA draft.
Of the nine players currently on scholarship, Nebraska has three who stand at 6-8, but none taller. One is Roby. One is transfer Matej Kavas, who is a 45% 3-point shooter and not a big-bodied defender. The third is Dalano Banton, a transfer from Western Kentucky who has to sit one season.
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Before fixing that big-man problem, though, Nebraska has a chance to bolster its wing play. Shamiel Stevenson — a 6-6, 230-pound small forward — began his official visit in Lincoln on Wednesday.
Stevenson is transferring from Nevada after beginning his college career at Pittsburgh. With coach Eric Musselman leaving Nevada, Stevenson is looking for a new school. He played in two seasons at Pitt, scoring 8.5 points per game in 23.8 minutes as a freshman, adding 4.4 rebounds and 1.0 assists.
But Stevenson played in four games for Pitt as a sophomore before transferring to Nevada. Stevenson would have to sit the first semester of next season before becoming eligible. Nebraska will likely have one more official visitor this weekend.