Nebraska Basketball: Kevin Cross looks for fresh start in basketball career

A member of the Nebraska Basketball program has entered the transfer portal.

The Nebraska basketball program continues to undergo a rebuild of sorts, and Tuesday was no exception. Forward Kevin Cross entered the NCAA’s transfer portal. He announced his intention to transfer via Twitter on Tuesday afternoon.

This is a bit disappointing for me. I was really looking forward to watching him play more. He certainly showed   that he could be a two-way player. He averaged 7.1 points and 3.9 rebounds per game. The true freshman was a two-way player in every sense of the word. He ranked fifth among all true freshmen in the Big Ten in rebounding, and he was seventh in scoring and three-pointers per game.

I really liked his size and how it translated on the basketball court. As a six-foot-eight 240-pound forward, Cross created mismatch problems and his shooting ability was unique in the sense that sometimes he would pull up for a shot, and you wouldn’t expect it. He intrigued me throughout the season, because he would show flashes of playmaking ability throughout each game, and I could see him improving.

By the time February came around, he really began to get into a rhythm. The novelty of being a true freshman began to wear off, and he looked well-adjusted to the college game. In the Big Ten Tournament, which was also the last game of the season, Cross really played well against Indiana. He scored 23 points in 25 minutes of play, and collected nine rebounds, a block, and a steal. He did it all, and it was just another example of how well-rounded his game had become.

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With the influx of new Nebraska basketball players coming in, I am not surprised that Cross elected to transfer. Hopefully, he will be able to find a home soon. His transfer leaves the Nebraska basketball program with two open scholarships. It will be interesting to see how the coaching staff fills them, and the coaching staff probably has something up their sleeve.

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