Charlie Easley announced earlier today on Twitter that he will be leaving the Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball team for a scholarship with South Dakota State Jackrabbits.
Thank you Nebraska pic.twitter.com/O9cS83M7Ep— Charlie Easley (@CharlieEasley4) April 18, 2020
The Lincoln native and graduate of Pius X earned a preferred walk-on spot with the Huskers going into this past season. After Samari Curtis left the program he was put on scholarship for the spring semester. Despite the fact the scholarship was apparently only for the spring semester, the absurd, ridiculous, absolutely asininely STUPID NCAA rules will require Easley to sit out next season and have three years of eligibility remaining following that.
The 6-foot-2, 190-pound guard played sparingly to begin the season but found his way into the rotation through his hard work, grit, and roster issues due to injuries and suspensions.
Easley recorded 10 minutes in NU’s win over Purdue and 16 minutes in the home win over Iowa. He ended the season averaging 1.9 points and 0.5 assists in 11.7 minutes per game after playing just 10 total minutes in the season’s first 10 games. However, he played 10 or more minutes in 13 of the final 17 games of the season.
With NU’s depth dwindling, Easley made four starts, including the final three games of the season despite battling a leg injury of his own.
At Pius X, Easley scored a school-record 1,412 points, was named first-team All-Nebraska in 2019 and won the Class B state title. South Dakota State never offered a scholarship to Easley coming out of high school, but found it to be an easy decision after watching him play this past season. With the new recruiting class and players who came in last year that had to sit out expected to take away the bulk of available minutes on the court, the scholarship and playing time the Jackrabbits could offer Easley was too much to pass up.
“It was just a good fit for me as a player, and I think it was the best thing for me moving forward, even though I have nothing but love for Nebraska. I’ll always be a Husker fan.”