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Nebrasketball: Kobe King Signs

The Wisconsin transfer offers a reliable scorer at the guard position

Marquette v Wisconsin Photo by Dylan Buell/Getty Images

Kobe King has officially signed with the Nebraska Cornhuskers as a transfer with the 2020 class.

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 the Wisconsin Badgers back in September 2015, and was in his third season this academic year playing for the Badgers.

King left in the middle of the season in late January citing a lack of fit with the Wisconsin program. Rumors have since leaked out that it might have been due in part 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, but King has suggested otherwise since that rumor leaked to the public. 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.