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Nebrasketball: Huskers Add Top-100 Xavier Transfer C.J. Wilcher

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers continue to work the transfer portal this offseason as yet another former top-100 recruit has signed on to come to Lincoln. C.J. Wilcher has committed to Nebraska after spending one year with the Xavier Musketeers.

Wilcher played in 15 games for Xavier, which finished with a 13-8 record in 2020-21. He averaged 3.3 points and 1.1 rebounds per game in just over 10 minutes per game, while shooting 40 percent from the floor and 35 percent from three-point range.

Wilcher worked his way into heavier floor time late in the season, playing 10 or more minutes in seven of his last nine contests. In the final four games with Xavier, he averaged more than 20 minutes per game. He closed the 2020-21 campaign with seven points in 20 minutes against Butler in the Big East Tournament.

Wilcher’s best performance of the season came in his first collegiate start on March 6 at Marquette, where he had season high in points (10) and minutes (32).

Coach Hoiberg offered the following comments on Wilcher’s signing:

You can never have enough shooting, and C.J. is an elite-level shooter. He was one of the best shooters nationally in the class of 2020, but his game is much more than that. He has good size on the perimeter and uses it to create space and has an aggressive mindset. He played significant minutes at Xavier and that experience will help him in the transition to the Big Ten.

A four-star recruit coming out of high school by ESPN, 247Sports, and Rivals, Wilcher was ranked No. 81 by ESPN in the class of 2020. He was also a top-150 recruit by all three services. He spent his senior season playing for Roselle Catholic, averaging 18.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game despite missing nine games because of injury. Wilcher also scored 50 three-pointers as a senior, highlighted by hitting six three-pointers in a 59-58 win in the sectional championship in his final high school appearance.

Wilcher will have four years of eligibility remaining when he arrived in Lincoln.