Nebraska forward Michael Jacobson to transfer

According to a report, Nebraska basketball is losing starter Michael Jacobson.

According to a radio report out of Des Moines, Nebraska junnior forward Michael Jacobson will transfer. Rumors have swirled for nearly a week regarding Jacobson's status with the Huskers. https://twitter.com/HuskerExtraCB/status/851546813974949889

Sources also told the Lincoln Journal Star style of play and the decision by Ed Morrow to transfer, played a part in Jacobson's decision. 

Jacobson, a 6-foot-9 forward, started all 31 games, averaging 6.0 points and 6.2 rebounds per game in 24.0 minutes per game for the Huskers in 2016-17. Jacobson had a pair of double-doubles, including a 12-point, 10-rebound effort against Northwestern, one of three games where he grabbed at least 10 rebounds. Jacobson reached double figures eight times, including five times in Big Ten play. In his two seasons at Nebraska, Jacobson averaged 5.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game in 65 games, including 56 starts.

In addition to Jacobson and Morrow, Nebraska lost Nick Fuller and Jeriah Horne to transfers this season. Leading scorer Tai Webster graduated. 

A statement from Nebraska head coach Tim Miles is expected later on Monday night. 

Miles is 75-86 since taking over as head coach for the Huskers five seasons ago. His best season came in 2013-14, when Nebraska finished 19-13 and made the NCAA Tournament. Last year, Nebraska finished just 12-19 overall and 6-12 in Big Ten Conference play. 

The Huskers now return two starters and six of the team’s top 10 scorers from the 2016-17 team, while welcoming a trio of newcomers, including Georgetown transfer Isaac Copeland and Miami transfer James Palmer Jr., and incoming freshman Nana Akenten.

University Statement: 

“After much deliberation, I have made the decision to transfer,” Jacobson said. “This was a very difficult decision for me, but I feel it is necessary at this time. I want to thank the Nebraska fans for their incredible support. I also want to say thank you to Coach Miles and his staff, my teammates and the Athletics Department. I will always be grateful for the opportunity I was given here at Nebraska.”

 

“I support Michael in his decision to transfer,” Miles said. “Although I am disappointed, we’ve appreciated his hard work in our program over the last two seasons. Michael and I have had numerous discussions regarding his role and what position he would be playing for us in the future. After a lot of thought, Michael decided to find a new school.  I understand and respect his decision.”


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