Inexperienced but talented

After a week of practices and a scrimmage in front of 7,500 fans, Nebraska head coach Tim Miles talked about his basketball team on Thursday with local reporters.

LINCOLN, Neb. - After a week of practices and a scrimmage in front of 7,500 fans, Nebraska head coach Tim Miles talked about his basketball team on Thursday with local reporters.

"There are some exciting possibilities with this team. I really like their athleticism and their movement. We have a good group of guys who are athletic and play the game really hard," said Miles. "We lack some things too. It might be a little unfair to judge this early. We are inexperienced. Our best guys that we think can make an impact are young. We have one senior on scholarship. When you are inexperienced like that, you worry a little bit about the peaks and valleys. It feels like a roller coaster some days."

Nebraska will practice 30 times before the season opener against Florida Gulf Coast in early November. It's the most practices without a game for the head coach in recent memory.

"I looked at the last three years and before our first game, we had 22, 22 or 23 or 19. We had a short year in there too," said Miles. "We have significantly more practice time. That is a double-edged sword because already they are ready to play someone else early. Now that you get into it coaches are going to want something else. With earlier practices, it would be nice to have an earlier scrimmage. One about mid-October when we used to start and another one or an exhibition game toward the end of October. We are going to have to figure that out."

NOTES

* True freshman Tai Webster finds himself in a battle for the starting point guard position, but has had his freshman growing pains over the past week.

"Tai has a lot of talent and has shown some exciting potential. There are some things he needs to get better at, there is no question about that, but every guy is like that," said Miles. "Every guy in our program is going to have a thirst to want to get better; a thirst for self improvement and team improvement. Tai wants to get better. He's looking forward to it and working hard at it."

* After getting hurt in the scrimmage, starting forward Shavon Shields returned to practice the very next day and has shown no ill-effects from his ankle tweak.

* Shields, along with senior Ray Gallegos, will represent the Huskers at the end of the month at Big Ten Basketball Media Days in Chicago.

* Unlike last year, Miles said on Thursday there are redshirt candidates this year, but no decision will be likely made until after the Huskers first exhibition.

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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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