Spencer Already Leading

Nebraska point guard Bo Spencer sat out last season due to NCAA transfer guidelines, but didn't waste the time, pushing the Huskers in practices.

Lincoln, NE - The Nebraska basketball team has completed nearly two weeks of practice, but it didn't take that long to figure out who's expected to be the starting point guard on November 11th against South Dakota.


Spencer has shown to be a true scorer
After practicing, but sitting out last year, LSU senior transfer Bo Spencer is ready to play. Watch a Husker practice and it's clear – he hasn't logged a minute yet in a Nebraska jersey, but Spencer is considered a true leader on this year's squad.

"The point guard needs to. The ball is in his hands. I'm not saying all of our success will depend on him, but most of the time success does depend on what the point guard does," said Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler. "I don't know if this is the case because I haven't asked him, but when you have something taken away like he did, you respect it more and appreciate it more. I would assume he was excited to get back out on the floor."

During his time with LSU, Spencer was a two-year starter, averaging 14.5 points per game while also dishing out 2.7 assists in 2009-10.

"Everybody is talking about returning guys in the conference, but not many people are mentioning him," said Husker forward Brandon Ubel. "He's somebody that is incredibly talented, he reads the game well, and is explosive. If people start to watch him play, they are going to be pleasantly surprised at how good he is and how many wins he could help carry us to."

During his time last season, Spencer's time was spent on the scout team. Not only did he push senior Lance Jeter much of the year, but gave Nebraska a legitimate look in practices.

"He embraced his role," said Ubel. "There are not many times you can play a guy like Bo Spencer when you are facing the scout team. He made us better. It makes us respect him more."

From scout team to the starting point guard and leader in one year, Spencer is just another reason why expectations are high for Nebraska this season.

"I think being a leader comes naturally to him. He was the point guard at LSU, so he's obviously dealt with guys at this level," said Ubel. "He reads the game really well, not many people realize how important that is. He catches on to things really quickly and can tell people where they need to be. People listen to him."

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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