According to multiple reports, Nebraska sophomore forward Michael Jacobson will be leaving the program and seeking a transfer in the immediate future. It’s huge news for a Husker program that has already received some tough roster news recently.
Sophomore forward Michael Jacobson on Monday asked for and was granted his scholarship release from #Nebrasketball.— Brian Rosenthal (@GBRosenthal) April 10, 2017
In a season that went off the rails for Nebraska, Jacobson filled a depth option for the team in the frontcourt. He averaged 24.0 minutes, 6.0 points, and 6.2 rebounds for the Huskers last season, playing in a total of 31 games. However, he only scored double-digits in two of the team’s final 13 games.
As a recruit, Jacobson arrived on campus with little fanfare. He was rated as a three-star prospect by 247Sports and the No. 254 player in the nation. Jacobson joined what figured to be a loaded group for Nebraska, ranked as the No. 31 class nationally.
Generally speaking, Jacobson lived up to those expectations. He was never a star player for the Huskers, but he played significantly. Jacobson played during 45.5 percent of the team’s minutes as a freshman and 59.7 percent as a sophomore. There wasn’t a lot of fanfare along the way, but those are key minutes for a team that lacked depth.
On paper, this is going to be a tough roster hit for Husker fans to swallow. To start, Jacobson figured to be a key piece for the team next season. In fact, with the departure of Ed Morrow, it wasn’t unreasonable to think Jacobson would play over 20 minutes a game next season. And, of course, when added on top of the three transfers Nebraska has already seen leave the program recently, it’s an even bigger blow.
With this departure, fans will now have to turn to the transfer market and the late 2017 prospect in hopes that head coach Tim Miles can find some roster help.