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Nebrasketball: Wisconsin Transfer Kobe King Commits to the Huskers

The Badgers loss is a huge gain for the Cornhuskers

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Wisconsin Badgers guard Kobe King (23) has verbally committed to Nebraska
Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

The 2020 class for the Nebraska Cornhuskers just had a huge win with the verbal commitment of former Wisconsin Badger gaurd Kobe King.

King was a three star out of high school and received offers from the likes of Minnesota, Iowa State, Marquette, and Wake Forest. He verbally committed to Wisconsin back in September 2015, and was in his third season playing for the Badgers.

King left in the middle of the season late last month citing a lack of fit with the Wisconsin program. Rumors have since leaked out that it was due to an incident where former Wisconsin strength and conditioning coach Erik Helland used a racial epithet in telling a story of his time in the NBA to a few players. King was not one of them, but word traveled fast around the team about the incident. Helland was let go by the University of Wisconsin shortly thereafter.

Over the course of his career with the Badgers, the 6’3” shooting guard averaged 6.1 points a game, while grabbing 2.2 rebounds and committing 0.8 turnovers. This season he played in 19 games, averaging 28.5 minutes. He was shooting 50.4% from two point range and 25% from three. He was averaging 2.8 rebounds this season, and 1.6 assists to 1.5 turnovers per game.

King is listed as having two years of eligibility left, and that is because his freshman year he suffered a knee injury and had to miss the rest of the season. He received a medical redshirt after playing in ten games and averaging 5.2 points over 19 minutes per game that season. He will apply for a waiver to be immediately eligible beginning next season, but it is likely a long shot from an immediate public perspective given the inconsistencies and absurdities that is the NCAA bureaucracy.