It’s been a decade of “new” for our Nebraska Cornhuskers. A new conference, new arena, new practice facilities, and two new head coaches. Through all the new the Huskers experienced this past decade, players we have seen come and go and their contributions to the team are forever recorded in the books of Husker lore. So with that in mind, we here at Corn Nation are going to be breaking down our top ten players and wins from the past decade as the 2010’s draw to a close, as well as the top five worst moments. First up in our countdown is the top ten players of the 2010’s, starting with #10 on our list, and moving all the way through to #6.
As for the criteria we used, it was a mix of a player’s impact on the roster, their place in the annals of Nebrasketball history, and to a lesser degree, we consider their success after Nebraska in terms of being drafted and career longevity.
Tune in tomorrow for numbers 1-5, Saturday for worst moments, and next week for top ten wins! In the meantime, let’s get to our list.
10. Ryan Anderson, 2006-2010
6’-4”, 195 lbs., G, Seattle, Washington (Rainier Beach)
Just squeaking in this decade is former guard Ryan Anderson off the 2009-10 squad (and a Husker from 2006-2010). Ryan led the team his senior year in scoring, rebounds, and steals. He shot 43% from three point range, and 45% from the field. Overall he averaged 11.3 points per game, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals. He also did this while playing out of position just about his entire career at the 4 spot.
Anderson sits at number 27 all-time in scoring for Nebraska, and ranks third in made 3-pointers at Nebraska with 185. He also ranks in the top ten for 3-point percentage, steals, and games started. He further ranks in the program’s top twenty-five all time for points, rebounds, assists, and games played. Finally, he was on the Big-12 All-Underrated team as a senior, and was the first Husker in the Big 12 era to record 1,000 points, 500 rebounds, and 150 three-pointers in a career. Ryan has played in Europe, the NBA D-League, and currently remains an active professional player in Canada with the Niagara River Lions.
9. Brandon Ubel
6’-10”, 234 lbs., F, Overland Park, Kansas (Blue Valley West)
Brandon Ubel arrived at Nebraska in the fall of 2009 when it was still a Big XII institution, and would find out after his first season in Husker scarlet that he would finish his career as a member of a Big Ten team. Ubel would also later experience a coaching change going into his senior season, and helped close out the final season in the Bob Devaney Center after 37 years of Husker basketball there. In addition, Brandon was a two-time Academic All-Big Ten honoree, a 2011 First-Team Academic All-Big 12 member, and made the spring 2013 Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He was also the co-captain of the team his senior year.
All through his time in the Husker uniform, Brandon contributed solid minutes for Nebraska, finishing his career with 89 starts in 125 games. Ubel scored 893 career points and 548 rebounds, averaging 7.1 points and 4.4 rebounds a game. At the time of his graduation, Ubel was 36th all-time in scoring for Nebraska and 20th in rebounding. He finished seventh all-time in games played, and fifth in free-throw percentage with a career of 80.2% shooting from the charity stripe. He finished his senior year with 22 games in double-figures, and had four double-doubles that season. He played professionally in Europe until the end of the 2017-2018 season.
8. Cam Mack
6’-3”, 165 lbs., G, Austin, Texas (Christian Life Prep)
Cam Mack is a more recent player who doesn’t have a full career of stats to go off of for this list, but he comes in at number 8 anyways because of his record-setting performance against Purdue. Cam scored 11 points, dished out 12 assists, and grabbed 10 boards to become the first ever Nebraska Cornhusker to record a triple-double. Being the first, and so far only, player in Husker history to get a triple-double will do that for you. On top of that, his triple-double followed a double-double at Indiana where Mack scored 15 points and dished out 10 assists.
Elsewhere on the stats sheet he is leading the team in assists, at 6.6 per game, and 1.5 steals, while averaging 4.6 rebounds, and is third in scoring with 12.5 points over his 11 games so far. Don’t expect the accolades to stop during his career with the Huskers, however. Given the decade is coming to a close, he won’t have a chance to rank any higher this early in his career for the 2010’s, and thus makes our list at number eight.
7. Isaac Copeland, 2017-2019
6’-9”, 225 lbs., F, Raleigh, North Carolina (Brewster Academy, NH)
Isaac Copeland’s time in a Husker jersey was shorter than what we all probably would have liked, but the Georgetown transfer made his last two years in college count at Nebraska. Copeland transferred to Nebraska from Georgetown, but proceeded to start in all 53 games he played as a Husker. On his overall college career, Copeland hit his career 1,000 point mark his first season as a Husker, finished with 1,333 career points. At Nebraska, he scored 705 points in the red, averaging 13.3 points per game. Copeland shot 36% from three point range, averaged 5.8 rebounds a game, and 1 block per game.
Isaac Copeland was named All-Big Ten Honorable Mention his first season at Nebraska 2017-2018 in both the coaches and media polls. He was an integral cog in a Husker team that went 13-5 overall. Copeland led the team in scoring in nine games that season, including his career high as a Husker when he scored 30 against the North Dakota Fighting Hawks. Copeland also led the team in rebounds in 12 games including a career high as a Husker 11 versus the Creighton Bluejays and again at home against Iowa. Isaac Copeland currently plays in the NBA G League for the Texas Legends.
6. Tai Webster, 2014-2017
6’-4”, 195 lbs., G, Auckland, New Zealand (Westlake Boys)
Coming from roughly half a world away from Nebraska, Tai Webster ranks as 28th all-time in scoring for Nebraska with 1,116 points to his name as a Husker. Webster started 83 games as a Husker and played in 127 total. He came off the bench much of his sophomore and junior year, but proved a key contributor in starting 30 games his freshman year, helping the team get to their only NCAA tournament berth of the decade (and this millennium for that matter).
Webster averaged double-figures in scoring his final two seasons, exploding as a senior to average 17 points, 5.1 rebounds, and 4 assists per game. He ranked third in scoring, eighth in assists, and fifth in steals in the conference his senior year, earning first-team all-district honors by the US Basketball Writers Association, second-team All-Big Ten honors from the coaches and third-team from the media. Tai also scored double-figures in 30 of the 31 games he played in his senior year. Webster is currently playing professionally in Europe for Galatasaray in Turkey.
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Well there you have it, our first five in our top ten players of the decade. Be sure to come back tomorrow to see 1-5, and let us know who you think we missed or got wrong in the comments until then!