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2015-2016 Big Ten Preview: Nebraska Cornhuskers Backourt

The Nebraska Cornhuskers are going to be without their star backcourt scorer in Terran Petteway, but they have some new and old faces that will make some noise in the backcourt.

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers' backcourt will be without their go-to leading scorer in Terran Petteway, who left college early for the NBA. The Cornhuskers are going to try and forget about last year's disappointing effort by hopefully making some noise in the Big Ten. The team is welcoming back senior leader Shavon Shields, who is one of the better wings in the Big Ten.

The Cornhuskers will rely on some new faces that will be making their debut in Lincoln this upcoming year. A transfer, some recruits, and a senior floor general will make up the backcourt for the Cornhuskers next season.

Andrew White III- Junior

All eyes will be on Andrew White this season in Lincoln because of his ability to score and his impressive size on the perimeter. He will most likely be the starting shooting guard for the team next season, but he will have a lot to prove after sitting out a year due to transferring from Kansas. While there, he did not get his opportunity to shine, but he did show signs of great potential. He is a terrific shooter, and a solid defender because of his size and athleticism.

Coach Tim Miles is going to expect a lot of out White next season, and if he can step up for the team, then the Cornhuskers will forget about some guy named Petteway.

Glynn Watson Jr.- Freshmen

Glynn Watson Jr. was the biggest backcourt recruit that Coach Miles landed for this upcoming season. He has insane ball-handling skills, and seems to always make the right pass. He is a pass first point guard, but he does have a smooth mid-range jumpshot. Watson is not afraid to pull a mid-range jumpshot, and the Cornhuskers are going to need scoring on the offensive end.

Watson must improve his defense on the perimeter, and he must develop a better three-point shot. Other than that, he will be ready to help the Cornhuskers in a big way next season.

Benny Parker- Senior

Senior floor general Benny Parker, has been a solid role player for the Cornhuskers during his time on the team. He has not been asked to do so much in the past, but this year he will be asked to be a little more than just a role player. Waston and Parker will probably not play at the same time, but Parker can help Watson mature because he is a senior leader. Parker should play significantly more this season than he has in prior seasons, so he will be asked to score more and facilitate for some of frontcourt players.

Parker and Watson will be the two floor generals for the Cornhuskers next season.

Tai Webster- Junior

Tai Webster had a decent season for the the Cornhuskers last year. He has really been a role player for the team in the past two seasons, but he showed some great signs of improvement during the team's trip to Spain this summer. He averaged 11.8 PPG during his time in Spain, and coach Miles is hoping that his offensive burst will translate into this college basketball season.

Webster will need to be a key role player for the Cornhuskers this season, and he might even crack the starting lineup at the some point during the season.

Bakari Evelyn- Freshmen

Bakari Evelyn is an intriguing fit for the Cornhuskers' backcourt because he has a lot of potential. He is an incoming recruit that will not play that much this season because he must put on a little more size, but he has a bright future because of his vision on the court. He can also step out and shoot from deep, but he needs some time to get ready for the college game.

Watch out for Evelyn to make an impact on the Cornhuskers later this season or down the road in the future.


The Cornhuskers are going to be relying on new faces in the backcourt next season. Hopefully Parker and Webster can use their experience to help out some of the young backcourt players. White will be the go-to scorer for the team next season, along with Shields in the froncourt, so he is a very vital backcourt player and he has not even played a game in Lincoln yet.

The Cornhuskers must forget about Petteway, and think for the future with players like White and Watson.