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Nebrasketball: An Early Summer Update

Any news is good news, right?

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It’s been a relatively quiet past few weeks in regards to the men’s basketball program. Not hearing a whole lot is actually kind of nice considering the end of season fun that was delivered to us on and off the court this year.

However, there has been a few things of note that you might be interested in knowing. Let’s get to the breakdown.

A New Walk On

A few days ago Nebraska got a verbal from Elkhorn South start Justin Costello to walk on to the program. The 6’1” guard was a four year starter who averaged 18.6 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, and 3.5 assists per game his senior year. He shot 43% from the field and is known for draining 3’s through his career having drained 67 this last season.

Justin also helped lead the Storm to the 2015-16 Class B state championship. Coach Miles has praised Justin on his athleticism and work ethic. Two things that should help out the team, even if it is just during practice.

While this isn’t a huge splash it does bring a body who knows the game and can hopefully push the top talent on the team once he gets his bearings. Nebraska has a history of walk on’s getting on the court from time to time and I could see Justin making it on by his junior or senior year if he stays with it.

Issac Copeland Update

Issac Copeland has been in a bit of a waiting game with the NCAA in regards to his eligibility. Due to the fact he left Georgetown last December it has yet to be decided if he will be eligible at the beginning of this upcoming year or in January of ‘18. If you’re keeping track at home, that’s pretty much all of the pre-conference games that he could be missing out on.

The big debate is over a possible medical hardship waiver that could be applied. He only played 7 games last year with the Hoyas before sitting out with a herniated disc in his back. He has since had surgery to repair the disc and has healed well according to Nebraska staff.

If he is not granted this waiver he would be unable to play until December 17th, the end of the fall semester at UNL. Hopefully the NCAA grants him this waiver as the non conference slate isn’t a walk in the park and his talents will be greatly needed.

And Because Some Things Never Die

Okay, this probably will fuel the fire the the “Anti-Miles” crowd but it really shouldn’t. Nebraska went after Akoy twice. Once in high school and once again when he was transferring to Georgetown from Louisville. He really did not show much interest either times.

Miles and his staff cannot spend their time working on a kid for years in hope that he might decide to transfer. It would be nice to have a homegrown talent come back and play, but it doesn’t always work out that way. It could have lead to problems for both Akoy and the program for all we know. It’s the internal things that we just don’t know about.

Akoy will do well at Southern Methodist University and we should wish him well there. If you want to read more into it, please do and draw your own conclusions. Mind you, this is one players take on the situation and it’s a fairly broad one and the Husker coaches and staff cannot and will not comment on the situation.

That’s it for today folks. I hope you all are enjoying your summer. Until next time...

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