For all of you a little nervous with the Nebraska roster being full of guards and not enough big men, here’s a new forward for you.
Meet Decoch Chan.
Decoch came in late this year to the squad. He is a 6’8” forward from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC). Via Rochester, Minnesota mind you. He pledged his services to Tim Miles and his squad in early August before the school year started.
His freshman and only season at MGCCC gave Decoch ample floor time for Coach Miles to see his talents. He averaged 16.8 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 1.5 assists per game for the Bulldogs.
The kid can shoot and rebound which is something Nebraska needs going into this season. While his size is not as big as the likes of Jordy Tshimanga who was all of 6’11”, he will utilize his skill set to fill the position when needed. If anything, think of Dedoch as someone who should fill Jordy’s role but with more athleticism and an ability to shoot beyond the arch. He shot 46% from the field and 31% from the three point line during the 2017-18 season.
Dedoch wasn’t attracting the biggest of teams when his freshman season ended at MGCCC. The Huskers fought off McNeese State, Montana State, and other mid majors for his services. Though, he did have some interest from Texas Tech while he was still in high school.
I don’t expect Dedoch to contribute right away this year. He will most likely need some time to adapt to the program and for the coaches to truly evaluate his abilities. However, if he performs well I can see him getting significant floor time once the Big Ten Conference Schedule picks up.
Will he fit the bill as a true Big Ten caliber forward? As of now no but I wouldn’t let his size be the main factor if that’s what you’re looking for. He will be big enough to hold his own and should be a very nice addition to the Nebraska men’s basketball squad as time goes on.