Nebraska basketball looking for fifth player to step up heading into open scrimmage

Freshman Amir Harris, who though didn’t pack the stat sheet against Iowa State, is drawing praise from everyone around the program.

LINCOLN — Now that the Nebraska football team has a win, it’s time to turn attention to the most anticipated Husker basketball season in years.

Nebraska, with its returning “Fab Four,” will be on display for the first time this season on Wednesday at a free scrimmage. Doors at Pinnacle Bank Arena will open at 5 p.m. and practice will go until about 6:30.

The scrimmage comes just a few days after Nebraska’s “secret” scrimmage against Iowa State. The Huskers lost 78-74, but won the final 20 minutes by double digits.

Senior forward Isaac Copeland led the Huskers with 18 points. James Palmer scored 14, 10 of which came in the first 20 minutes. Glynn Watson dished out eight assists and added 11 points and four steals. Isaiah Roby shot 2 for 5 and had four points and four rebounds.

What might be more intriguing than those four Wednesday evening is who else can shine for NU. Sophomore Thomas Allen started against Iowa State and shot 2 for 3 from 3-point range. Is he Nebraska’s key fifth guy?

Or is it freshman Amir Harris, who didn’t pack the stat sheet against Iowa State but is drawing praise from everyone around the program. Center Tanner Borchardt was 4 for 4 from the field against the Cyclones. If Roby’s injuries persist, is Borchardt a safe bet to take his place? Sophomore Nana Akenten made 2 of 5 3-point attempts for 6 points. Could he slip into the lineup?

Coach Tim Miles has plenty of options, and he’ll surely give some opinions on Wednesday. He’ll have the mic to emcee the scrimmage.

Players and coaches will sign autographs for 45 minutes after the event.

The scrimmage comes about a week before Nebraska’s first exhibition game against Wayne State on Nov. 1. The season opens on Nov. 6 at home against Mississippi Valley State.

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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:

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