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Nebraska Basketball Adds Grad Transfer Kobe Webster

Webster is coming from Western Illinois.

NCAA Basketball: Western Illinois at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Head coach Fred Hoiberg received some good news on Saturday when Kobe Webster announced that he will be spending next season in Lincoln. Webster will be immediately eligible as a graduate transfer after playing at Western Illinois, where he led the Leathernecks in scoring all three seasons. This earned him Second-Team All-Summit League in 2019 and 2020, respectively.

Webster is a six-foot guard that Hoiberg can rely upon to find some offense. The Western Illinois-transfer has averaged at least 15.5 ppg and 3.0 apg the last three seasons. He’s shown to be a volume shooter after taking 16 FGA per game in 2019-20. That may be a result of not having too much help around him as the Leathernecks went just 5-21 this season. Webster shot only 33% from beyond the arc his junior season, however he has shown some efficiency from there in the past, converting on 41% from three in 2018-19.

Hoiberg is hoping that his new point guard can effectively take over for Cam Mack who recently declared for the NBA Draft. While Mack will retain his eligibility until otherwise announced, Webster is the favorite to take the reins if Mack does decide to take the next step.

Hoiberg has shown the ability to strike gold with transfers in the past, dating back to his days at Iowa State. Abdel Nader, Deandre Kane, and Royce White are just a few of the success stories for Hoiberg. Webster looks to start another list, this one taking place at Nebraska as opposed to Iowa State. He joins Kobe King, a Wisconsin-transfer, as new additions to the roster. King will most likely have to sit out the 2020 season barring a waiver from the NCAA. Regardless, the backcourt looks to be in good hands for coach Hoiberg despite the possible loss of Cam Mack.