The landscape of college basketball in recent years has led to an increase in transfers every year. With the NCAA expected to loosen transfer restrictions and every player retaining a year of eligibility, the transfer market is going to absolutely explode this offseason. Even if there wasn’t a ton of transfers already, with an entire class of seniors now essentially getting another year to play basketball teams will need to make things work from a scholarship prospective.
So long story short there’s going to be a lot of transfers this summer. Nebraska, a team built pretty heavily on transfers since Fred Hoiberg took over, already has three players that have entered the transfer portal:
- Elijah Wood
- Akol Arop
- Yvan Ouedraogo
Elijah Wood was a three-star guard per 247Sports and chose Nebraska over a number of other schools include Ole Miss. In his freshman season he played in 13 games, averaging 0.8 points per game in 3.1 minutes an outing. Akol Arop was a three-star forward that committed in 2019. He averaged 1.0 points and 1.3 rebounds per game in a reserve role in 2019-20 and did not play this past season. Yvan Ouedraogo started in his freshman season at Nebraska, averaging 5.7 points and 6.3 rebounds per game. He only started four of the 22 games he played in this season, averaging 3.4 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in a reserve role.
“Everyone in our program appreciates Akol, Yvan and Elijah’s contributions to our program, especially over the past year during the pandemic,” Hoiberg said. “I have enjoyed coaching all of them and will support them as they finish the spring semester and begin the process of looking at other schools. I wish them the best in the future.”
Nebraska also lost Teddy Allen, who announced his departure before the end of the season, and walk-on Bret Porter.
The Cornhuskers will once again have a drastically different roster in Hoiberg’s third season in Lincoln.