According to a report from the Lincoln Journal Star, former Nebraska guard Tai Webster has found a landing spot in the NBA. The report indicates that Webster has signed a free agent deal with the Charlotte Hornets and will get a shot in this year’s NBA Summer League.
Webster spent four years in Lincoln as a college player for the Nebraska Cornhuskers. He averaged 8.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists per game during his career and 17.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4.0 assists per game as a senior. Notably, Webster was a fantastic passer last season with a 25.0 assist rate.
Nebraska only made the NCAA Tournament once with Webster on the roster, but that certainly wasn’t solely the fault of Webster. He developed significantly as a player and became one of the Big Ten’s best players as a senior. In fact, he scored double-digits in 29 of the team’s 30 games last season, including 15 points and eight rebounds in a key midseason upset win over Purdue.
Admittedly, Webster will have his work cut out if he’s going to stick on an NBA roster for next season. He’s not an elite shooter and will need to become far more efficient if he’s going to make an impact at the next level. Webster won’t 14 looks per game (his FGA average last season) and he will have to play as such.
The good news, of course, is that Webster does have some skills that could earn him some NBA attention. To start, he’s a fantastic passer. He can initiate an offense and get the ball into the right spots. Additionally, Webster did a really nice job of getting to the free throw line last season. If he can find a way to do those things in the Summer League, he might have a shot to land on an NBA roster.
The NBA Summer League play begins on July 7, 2017.