Jim Ledsome said Sunday that he has decided to transfer from the University of Nebraska and plans to enroll immediately for the second semester at the University of Delaware. A sophomore forward from Severna Park, Md., Ledsome said he wanted to be closer to his family on the East Coast and increase his focus on academics while competing at the Division I level.
"I talked to Coach Sadler and told him that I needed to be able to handle the intensity of playing in this league – one of the best in the country – and managing the academic side better," Jim Ledsome
said. "I think being close to my family was the one element that made this decision easier. My family is so important to me and that's what pushed this decision. Now I'll have the opportunity to be closer to them and see them – they're only an hour drive away – and they can see me play. Basketball and school will be that much better having them near me.
"I also want to thank my teammates, coaches and the Nebraska fans for the support they've shown."
Sadler said the Huskers would miss Ledsome, who had started the past three games for the Huskers and four games overall this season.
"I am disappointed to lose Jim at this time of the season, but at the same time, I always want the players to do what is best for them," Sadler said. "Now that he's made his decision, I truly support Jim and I wish him the very best down the road both on and off the court."
Ledsome helped the Huskers to an 11-3 non-conference record this season as he played in all 14 games, averaging 2.4 points and 2.5 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game. During his career, he averaged 1.4 points and 1.8 rebounds in 31 career games.