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Report: Dalano Banton Will Not Return to Nebraska Basketball

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He’s heading to the NBA

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Iowa Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports

According to @DraftExpress, very tall guard Dalano Banton will keep his name in the NBA Draft and not return to Nebraska basketball next season.

Banton started 22 games of 27 games last season. He averaged 9.6 points per game and lead Nebraska in rebounding (5.9 per game) and assists (3.9 per game).

According to his bio at Huskers.com:

Banton became the first player since 1974 to lead NU in both rebounding and assists while he topped the Huskers in blocked shots (25) and ranked third in steals. His 2020-21 season was highlighted by the second triple-double in school history, as he had 13 points, 11 rebounds and 10 assists in just 21 minutes against Doane. He was one of just 18 Division I players with a triple double, including four by power conference players. It was one of 14 double-figure efforts for Banton, while he also had a pair of 10+ rebound efforts.

He’s a guy that will be hard to replace.

That’s not the worst part about him not coming back. The worst part is - he was fun to watch. I enjoyed watching him. I am not the best basketball stratergerist guy, but it was clear other teams didn’t know what to do with him. He caused matchup issues.

So, I am sad at the news he is not returning.

I, along with the rest of the CN staff, wish Mr. Banton the best in the future. Good luck man!