Reports: Nebraska junior-to-be Jordy Tshimanga asks for release from basketball team

Reports: Nebraska junior-to-be Jordy Tshimanga asks for release from basketball team
Nebraska's Jordy Tshimanga played in 31 games as a sophomore last season, starting 18. He averaged 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. (World-Herald News Service)

Center Jordy Tshimanga asked for his release from Nebraska, according to multiple reports Thursday night.

Coach Tim Miles confirmed the request to the Lincoln Journal Star.

“Jordy called me tonight and asked for his release,” Miles said in a statement to the Journal Star. “The University of Nebraska and our program wish Jordy and his family the best.”

Tshimanga played 31 games as a sophomore last season, starting 18. He averaged 4.0 points and 4.6 rebounds per game after scoring 5.0 points per game as a freshman in 2016-17.

The 6-foot-11 junior-to-be started the first 18 games last year, then left the team before the Jan. 12 contest at Penn State. He came back for a win over Michigan, missing two games.

When he returned, Tshimanga came off the bench.

As a starter, he averaged 3.5 points and shot 38.1 percent from the field. As a reserve, he averaged 4.9 points and shot 56.8 percent.

Nebraska went 22-11 and lost in the first round of the NIT.

This year’s roster includes seniors Glynn Watson, James Palmer and Isaac Copeland. Palmer and Copeland both explored entering the NBA draft but decided to return to school. Starting forward Isaiah Roby, the Huskers’ leading rebounder, is also back.

Though the Huskers finished 13-5 in Big Ten play last season, they ranked last in rebound margin. Tshimanga was third on the team in rebounding.

NU did add incoming freshman Brady Heiman, a 6-11 forward from Platteview.

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