Tshimanga transferring out of Nebraska Basketball program

Tshimanga transferring out of Nebraska Basketball program

Nebraska center Jordy Tshimanga is defended by Michigan’s Moe Wagner in a game at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Jan. 18. Tshimanga asked for his release from Nebraska on Thursday night. Photo by Kenny Larabee.

 

Junior center Jordy Tshimanga is transferring out of the Nebraska men’s basketball program. Nebraska head coach Tim Miles first reported the news late last night to the Lincoln Journal Star, giving a brief statement.

“Jordy called me tonight and asked for his release. The University of Nebraska and our program with Jordy and his family the best.”

The 6-11 Tshimanga played in 62 games over two seasons in Lincoln, making 27 starts, and averaging 4.5 points and 4.3 rebounds per game.

Tshimanga started the first 18 games of the 2017-18 season before briefly leaving the team in mid-January due to what he called “personal issues.”

“If he needs to go, then I’m going to support him,” Miles said at the time. “I don’t have any ill will toward a kid like Jordy. He is a sweetheart.”

Tshimanga didn’t travel with the Huskers for their game at Penn State on Jan. 12, and also missed NU’s game against Illinois on Jan. 15 before returning to the team.

Before his brief departure, Tshimanga had averaged 3.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 38 percent from the field. He had also undergone a minor knee procedure before the season.

After returning to the team, Tshimanga’s scoring average jumped to nearly five points per game while his field goal percentage went up to nearly 57 percent.

Tshimanga’s transfer leaves Nebraska with two open scholarships for the upcoming season. The Huskers added 6-foot-11 freshman forward Brady Heiman from Platteview in this spring’s recruiting class. NU also put 6-foot-8 forward Tanner Borchardt on scholarship for the second half of the 2017-18 season.

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