I really did not think Nebraska would bring in another proven and fairly stellar player this year to Lincoln.
I honestly thought that Fred and his assistants had brought in enough talent to get them through the 2021-22 season. They had the local boys, four and five star talent, and seasoned veterans. It’s Nebrasketball, we always worked with less.
Then Alonzo Verge Jr. came into the picture.
Alonzo is a high end player who comes to us from Arizona State via Chicago. As a Sun Devil he was the PAC-12 Sixth Man of the Year in 2019-20. This past year he averaged 14 points, 3.8 assists, and 3.9 rebounds per game. A 40% shooter from the field and 33% from beyond the arch. As for free throws, he only missed 20%. All while starting 21 out of 23 games. Five of those nights he cracked the 20 point mark. Not too bad for a COVID year.
He came to Arizona State from Moberly Area Community College in Missouri. There he made the NJCAA All-American Team his sophomore year while averaging a whopping 30.0 points, 4.2 rebounds, and 8.2 assists per game. A eye raising career that brought him to Tempe.
All of this at just 6’2” and roughly 170lbs.
For whatever reason, those two seasons in the desert made him restless. Alonzo put his name in the transfer portal in the early part of the summer while also declaring for the NBA draft. Instead, he took the call from the Cornhuskers and committed to play for a team that has never won an NCAA Tournament game.
He mentioned that family like atmosphere that Hoiberg and his staff have created. Alonzo felt comfortable coming back to the Midwest to finish he college career. The Huskers have been looking for a true point guard. Dalano Banton’s entry into the NBA Draft left a hole the needs filling.
There are a few players that might be able to fill that in time but the Huskers really need someone with experience to help them through the conference slugfest that they will encounter this year. Hopefully Alonzo will make that transition at some point so he can Nebraska can finally get a tournament win.