If you looked at the Nebraska Cornhuskers' roster last season, you would have thought they had the right players to make some noise in the Big Ten and in the NCAA tournament, but unfortunately, the Cornhuskers let a lot of people down and failed to make the NCAA Tournament or NIT. The Huskers had star players like Shavon Shields and Terran Petteway, but the team struggled to find a good rhythm last season.
Now, looking ahead at next season, there are a couple major questions that need to be answered. One question has to do with their star leader, one question has to do with their incoming recruits, and one question has to do with an incoming transfer.
Is Shavon Shields ready for the big spotlight?
Shields is going to head into next season with some high expectations because of his experience and leadership as a captain. He is the best all-around player on the Huskers, and he will be called on a lot to score the big bucket down the stretch. Shields should be ready for the spotlight next season, and if he is, then the Huskers will be just fine next season.
Can the incoming recruits help out immediately?
Glynn Watson and Ed Morrow are two of the big recruits that will be attending Nebraska next season, but the jury is still out on whether or not each player will impact the team right away. Morrow is very interesting because the team needs a lot of help in the frontcourt and he should be able to help out on both ends of the floor, even though he is a little undersized to play in the frontcourt all the time. Watson should also be able to help out as a floor general because he is a terrific ball-handler.
If both Watson and Morrow impact the Huskers immediately in a positive way, then the Huskers will be a team to watch out for in the Big Ten.
Can Andrew White be a potential star for the Huskers?
White is an incoming transfer for the Huskers from Kansas, and he might have the potential to be a big time player for the team next season. He has great size as a wing, and he can flat out shoot the basketball, which is something the Huskers desperately need. He has been playing really well during the Huskers' summer stint overseas, which is great news for the Huskers.
White is the wild-card for the Huskers next season because not many people know about him since he had such a short stand with Kansas. This is the biggest question that needs to be answered for the Huskers, and the answer will come once we see if White can put up big scoring numbers on a consistent basis.
These three key questions will be answered once the season starts, so Huskers fans will have to wait a little while to see if Shields, and White are ready to be big stars for the team, and if the incoming recruits will be ready to the impact the team right away.
One thing is for sure, coach Tim Miles is going to try and get the most out of all of his players, which is great news for Nebraska.