Nebraska Basketball : Trevor Lakes gives Nebraska a three-point weapon

Nebraska basketball picked up a three-point sharpshooter on Tuesday.

Although there may be a shortage of sports right now, Nebraska basketball continues to recruit hard. On Tuesday, they added forward Trevor Lakes.

The name may not sound familiar, but he can certainly play. He has spent the last three years at the University of Indianapolis where he was a scoring machine. Tallying 1,000 points and 400 rebounds, he connected on 235 three-pointers. He enters the 2020-21 season as one of the top of three-point shooters in the country. He ranks among the top-20 players  from beyond the arc nationally.

There is no doubt that Lakes is a scoring machine. He averaged 15.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game last season.  Perhaps what was most impressive was his efficiency while doing it. He shot 44% from the field and 41% from behind the arc. To say that he is a great shooter who would be a tremendous understatement.

The way I see him fitting in Nebraska basketball’s system is that he can be a player who takes a ton of corner three-balls. With the up-tempo offense that Nebraska basketball runs, I could see  him being open on the fast-break in the corner. His skill set is exactly something Nebraska basketball needed last season. At times, it seemed like they could not buy a bucket from beyond the arc.

To their credit, the program ranked fourth in the conference with 253 three-point field goals made. However, there were some games that Nebraska basketball was extremely inconsistent. In the Big 10 Conference, Nebraska needs a knock-down shooter. It sounds like lakes can be that guy. At the very least, he will give Nebraska a scorer that could put up points in bunches.

So far, it seems as though the new iteration of Nebraska basketball is athletic, and can score buckets. That is a little bit different than the Husker team of last year. You had guys like Cam Mack and Dachon Burke who could score at will. However, there wasn’t a ton of consistent scoring beyond that. Lake should be able to add a different dimension to Nebraska basketball.

This reload on the part of Coach Hoiberg and his staff should put Nebraska in a position to succeed right away. Coming off a year in which they went 7-25, they can only go up from here. I’ll be interested to see how all of these pieces mesh as the program looks to continue building and heading towards the right track.

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