Nebraska basketball officially makes it pitch for rival's big man

  • The Nebraska basketball program is thought to be going after another big man in the portal.
  • Michigan forward Tarris Reed is moving on from the Wolverines.
Michigan forward Tarris Reed Jr. (32) goes to the basket
Michigan forward Tarris Reed Jr. (32) goes to the basket / Junfu Han / USA TODAY NETWORK

As sad as Nebraska basketball fans are about the way the season ended, there’s a silver lining. The Huskers aren’t on the hunt for a head coach. They’re also not losing big time contributors at a startling rate.

The same can’t be said for Big Ten rival Michigan. The Wolverines just hired their new head coach. But for now, several UM players are still looking for the escape hatch. Now the Huskers are openly inquiring on at least one of those players.

According to On3’s Joe Tipton, the Nebraska basketball team is officially in the race for sophomore forward Tarris Reed Jr. That’s the good news. The bad news is that it’s clear that the Huskers have quite a bit of competition in that regard.

Reed hasn’t been in the portal that long. Despite that, Nebraska is joined by Georgetown, Arkansas, Kansas State, Providence, Ole Miss, Pitt, Mizzou, UCLA, Penn State, Oregon, Northwestern, Boise State, Davidson, Miss State, lona, Memphis, LSU, Xavier, Memphis and SMU have all reached out to the 6-foot-10 big man.

Nebraska basketball going after Michigan Big

Reed saw some impressive growth in his second season in Ann Arbor. He started 31 of 34 games and averaged 9 points and 7.2 rebounds per contest. Reed is also much more of a big man that will play with his back to the basket instead of out on the perimeter like Rienk Mast.

Reed took all of 3 shots beyond the arc. In fact, he has three career shots from deep.

Against the Nebraska basketball team, Tarris Reed was the same kind of presence this season that he was against anyone. In two contests against the Huskers he averaged 8.5 points and 7.5 rebounds per game.

Reed is just one of what is expected to be several targets for the Huskers though the portal this offseason. The Nebraska basketball team just opened another spot on its roster on Monday morning with the report that Ramel Lloyd is headed elsewhere.