Nebraska basketball received a commitment from Alabama Crimson Tide forward Juwan Gary. He made the announcement via Instagram on Thursday.
Gary entered the transfer portal on Wednesday.
The redshirt junior finished his 2021-22 season strong. He started 16 games out of 29 appearances for Alabama last season. He averaged 6.5 points and 3.4 rebounds over 15.5 minutes of play.
Gary was able to put together some really strong games of the course of the season
. One of those games came against Houston on December 11. In 29 minutes of play, he went six-of-13 from the field and finished with 19 points.
Gary was able to put together another strong game against Florida on January 5. He played 27 minutes in that game, going seven-of-11 from the field. He ended up with 19 points in that contest as well.
Most recently, he finished with 10 points on four-of-nine shooting as Alabama fell to Notre Dame in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
What could he bring to Nebraska basketball?
This is a solid move for Nebraska basketball as it gives them depth at the forward spot. When you look at a player like Derrick Walker, this will be his final season in Lincoln. Having a guy like Gary that can come in and play for the program is huge for the depth of this team.
Gary equips the program with a player that could take Walker’s spot following the end of next season. Measuring in at six-foot-six, 219 pounds, he can get to the hoop with ease and allows for Nebraska basketball to be able to have a presence in the paint.
More than just depth, Gary gives Nebraska basketball a player with NCAA tournament experience on the roster. Nebraska basketball needs to have a good year in 2022-23. His experience should be able to help them as they look to get back to their winning ways. He is a player that can put up points in bunches, and he is a player that can to the rim.
Fred Hoiberg likes players that can score in a variety of ways. Gary can do that. I’ll be intrigued to see how he fits into this team moving forward. Judging from just his skill and athleticism alone, he could be a major benefit to the program.