NU assistant Michael Lewis staying with Huskers after interviewing for Butler head coaching vacancy

NU assistant Michael Lewis staying with Huskers after interviewing for Butler head coaching vacancy
World-Herald News Service

LINCOLN — Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles checked one worry off his list over the weekend, knowing his staff of assistants would stay intact.

Michael Lewis, just finishing his first season at NU, confirmed to The World-Herald that he interviewed Friday night for the head coach opening at Butler. Lewis was an assistant at the Big East school for five years before coming to Nebraska.

Lewis said he was informed Sunday night he didn’t get the job. On Monday night, Butler announced Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s LaVall Jordan — another former Butler assistant — as its new coach.

Lewis is seen in basketball circles as a definite head coach prospect. He earlier drew interest from Miami of Ohio and Austin Peay.

At Nebraska, Lewis replaced Phil Beckner, who was at NU one season. Beckner replaced Rashon Burno, who left after 50 days to go to Arizona State.

In other news, Nebraska has an addition to its roster, but Johnny Trueblood can’t be called new.

The 6-foot-4 redshirt sophomore guard out of Elkhorn South, who played 10 games as a walk-on two years ago and then wasn’t on the team last season, has walked on again.

Miles said Monday the Huskers currently have five walk-ons: Trueblood; senior guard Malcolm Laws from Orlando; junior center Tanner Borchardt from Gothenburg; sophomore guard Mo Elradi out of Elkhorn Mount Michael; and freshman guard Justin Costello out of Elkhorn South.

One former Husker — second-team All-Big Ten guard Tai Webster — continues his efforts to earn an NBA spot.

The 6-4 guard, who was fourth in scoring in the Big Ten last season, worked out Monday with the Charlotte Hornets. He previously had workouts with the Milwaukee Bucks and Sacramento Kings.

Some NBA draft sites have mentioned Webster as a possible late second-round pick. The draft is June 22.

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