Earlier this week, the Nebraska Cornhuskers got some exciting news as the program learned that Wisconsin transfer guard Kobe King would be committing to the Huskers. King played the last three seasons in Madison and left under some uncomfortable circumstances. Nonetheless, he should provide a great boost for new head coach Fred Hoiberg.
Wisconsin transfer Kobe King has committed to Nebraska, sources told ESPN. Expected to have two years of eligibility remaining.— Jeff Borzello (@jeffborzello) February 26, 2020
Huge pick up for Fred Hoiberg and the Cornhuskers. King was averaging double-figures for the Badgers before he left the team late last month.
King was listed at 6-foot-4 and 201 pounds and played extensively for the Badgers before off the court issues led to his exit. During this season, he averaged 10 points and 2.8 rebounds per game and had a 107.3 offensive rating in conference play. If King had those numbers on this year’s Nebraska squad, he would be one of the team’s best players.
It’s also important to provide a little context regarding King’s departure from Madison. Nobody knows the exact reasons he decided to leave, but there have been reports that King was the victim of racial remarks from inside the program, which certainly makes one view things differently. It will also likely be a key reason cited by King and his representatives, should he apply for immediately eligibility in Lincoln.
From an on the court perspective, King will likely make a big impact for the Huskers as soon as he’s eligible. He’s an experienced Big Ten guard and has played in some huge games. Nebraska desperately needs depth and experience right now and he should provide it. King should have two years of eligibility remaining.