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Nebraska Basketball Sophomore Center Jake Hammond To Transfer

The tallest Husker is leaving a program that needs a big man. Badly.

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Nebraska Cornhuskers Basketball HC Tim Miles announced that Sophomore Center Jake Hammond will be leaving the Nebraska program and will be transferring to another school.

From Lee Barfknecht himself:

Originally out of Comanche, Oklahoma, 20015-16 saw Hammond play 29 games for Nebraska, starting in 8 of them. Even though he was the tallest listed person on the Nebraska roster at 6'10, Hammond only averaged 10 minutes a game for a team that got brutalized by big men along the Big Ten Conference.

Hammond only averaged 1.7 points per game, with a 2.2 PPG average coming this past season. His best game was against Tennessee back in November where he got to 11 points for the game in 25 minutes for the Husker win.

We wish Jake well as he moves on.

UPDATE: Here's the release on the transfer.

– University of Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles announced Tuesday evening that sophomore Jacob Hammond has decided to transfer from the Husker program following the spring semester.

“After discussing this with coaches and family, I have decided to transfer,” Hammond said. “I believe that finding a place closer to home will be in my best interest, and that is what I intend to do. Nebraska has taught me a lot, and I am truly grateful for everything that this organization and fans have done for me.”

“I support Jacob and his decision to transfer,” Miles said. “These decisions are never easy for a young man, his family or the coaches. I appreciate Jake’s hard work for the Huskers during his time here. He will be granted a full release, and we wish Jacob the best in his future endeavors.”

Hammond, a 6-foot-10 forward played in 29 games last season, averaging 2.2 points and 2.8 rebounds per game. He had a career highs of 11 points and 10 rebounds in a win over Tennessee on Nov. 28, at the Barclays College Classic. He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining after sitting out the 2016-17 season.