The Big Ten is always a very competitive conference when it comes to NCAA basketball and this season will be no different. Because of this, Nebraska is always one of the forgotten entities, often left behind by the likes of Michigan, Michigan State, Indiana and Ohio State. This season, it will likely be more of the same for the Cornhuskers, their roster is not deep or strong enough to compete with the top end of the conference. With that being said, they got some good news at the end of July that commit Tai Webster had been cleared to play for the team. Omaha.com was the first to break the news to the public.
The New Zealand native had some issues with his transcript, likely because it was coming from an international institution. Now that he has been cleared to play, Webster should be a strong addition to the team from day one. Back home in New Zealand, Webster averaged 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 3.8 turnovers for the Waikato Pistons of the National Basketball league of New Zealand. Aside from his time in the league, Webster has spent some time on the international team, playing for New Zealand in the 2012 Olympic qualifiers. For his young age, Webster has a lot of big game experience and has played in many different settings, something a good amount of top recruits could not claim.
A bit of a mystery because there has not been much scouting done on him, Webster was ranked as a three star recruit. The shooting guard has been said to possess a lot of talent and might have been under ranked because no one was really able to watch him live on a consistent basis. This tends to happen with a lot of international prospects coming over and they are hard to really evaluate until they play some games in the NCAA.
If Webster is one of those scouting gems, he could vault Nebraska a few spots up in the Big Ten. Maybe not immediately, but given a few years of experience, Webster has a chance to be a big time scorer in his conference and might lead a Cornhuskers resurgence before his time at the university is over.