Known for his touch from beyond the arc, Nebraska senior Trevor Lakes didn’t get many opportunities to flash his long-range skill a year ago. With his return this winter, however, Husker fans may be in for a treat.
Lakes, who transferred from the University of Indianapolis last season, brings a competitive spirit and a knack for winning basketball games to the fight for Nebraska. Not only did he help the Greyhounds compile a 62-25 record over his three seasons in Indianapolis, Lakes led the Greyhounds to the No. 1 seed in the 2020 NCAA Division II Regional Tournament and a 24-6 record his final season there.
The 6-foot-7, 215-pound forward ripped the cords on nearly 41-percent of his three-point attempts as a Greyhound, making 235 of 577 bombs. He averaged 11.8 points a game over three seasons for Indianapolis head coach Stan Gouard, scoring in double digits 46 times as a sophomore and junior collectively. Lakes poured in 14 20-point performances during that same time span.
The Indiana bomber scored a career high 27 points against Elmhurst as a sophomore and was named to the All-Great Lakes Valley Conference team as a sophomore and a junior.
Last December, Lakes played a Nebraska career high 26 minutes against Doane University in mid-December and scored a career high 12 points with the Big Red on four of five shooting from beyond the arc. For the year, the Lebanon, Indiana native played 137 minutes in 14 contests and averaged 3.2 points an outing. Lakes drilled 12 of 36 shots from beyond the arc for the year. He also took care of the basketball last season, dishing out five assists to just two turnovers on the year.
In four seasons at Lebanon High School, Lakes scored 1,693 points and connected on 212 of 569 3-pointers for his career. Albert Hendrix’s star player averaged 22.5 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.5 blocked shots as a senior, scoring 584 points in 26 games. He made 66 of 159 3-pointers in his final season as a Tiger.
With ample playing time, Lakes could boost Nebraska’s average outside attack. Fred Hoiberg’s returning roster ripped the cords 136 times on 376 attempts from beyond the 3-point line a year ago.
Hoiberg is also fond of Lakes’ basketball IQ and said his skill set and understanding of the game will help the coaching staff be creative in how they can maximize his abilities in their system.
“Trevor is a proven scorer who brings experience and a competitive spirit that will push everyone in our gym to play at a higher level,” Hoiberg told Huskers.com of Lakes on his arrival a year ago.