Nebraska basketball adds junior college forward Dedoch Chan

LINCOLN — Coach Tim Miles executed his late plan to fill a scholarship for the 2018-19 season, landing 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward Dedoch Chan on Thursday from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Chan, who played high school ball in Rochester, Minnesota, visited Lincoln in the past two days. He will have three years of eligibility after averaging 16.8 points, 8.3 rebounds and 1.5 assists for MGCCC, which finished 16-9 last year.

“I’m very happy to add a player as productive as Dedoch has been at his junior college,’’ Miles said. “The Huskers needed another player with size, and Dedoch fits the bill.

“He’s a great young man. I can’t wait to get started to work with him.’’

In a nine-game stretch from Jan. 25 through Feb. 22, Chan carried Mississippi Gulf Coast.

He averaged 24.7 points and 9.4 rebounds. He had games of 33 points and 17 rebounds against Meridian and 29 points and 15 rebounds against Hinds.

Chan had early scholarship offers from Norfolk State, Cal Poly, McNeese State and Montana State. After his appearance in a summer junior college showcase, he picked up offers from UAB, Pacific, Cal State Fullerton and Jacksonville State before Nebraska entered the picture.

On Thursday, Chan tweeted:

“Thank you to coach Miles and the rest of the staff for believing in me, and I’m ready to take full advantage of the opportunity that is being presented to me! I am beyond excited and blessed to announce my commitment.’’

In high school, Chan averaged 22 points and eight rebounds as a sophomore. After an injury-plagued junior year, he scored 16 points and grabbed eight rebounds as a senior.

Chan gives Nebraska 12 scholarship players for 2018-19, which is one under the limit.

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