Tshimanga didn't make trip to Penn State, future with Huskers unclear

Ceria Alfonso
Enero 13, 2018

Sophomore center Jordy Tshimanga scored a season-high nine points and tied for a team-high with six rebounds in Nebraska's 63-59 win over Wisconsin at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday night.

Nebraska starting center Jordy Tshimanga did not travel with the team to Penn State for Friday night's game, and his future with the program is uncertain, sources close to the program told the Journal Star on Thursday.

To this point in the season, the 6-foot-11 big from Montreal is averaging 3.5 points and 5.1 rebounds per game while shooting 38 percent from the field and 53 percent from the free throw line.

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Tshimanga underwent a minor cleanup knee surgery during the fall, and has since struggled to find the consistency he showed on the floor late last season.

Sources say Nebraska's coaching staff will meet with Tshimanga and his family when they get back to Lincoln to further discuss the situation. However, in Saturday's loss at Purdue, he played only six minutes and watched as Duby Okeke started the second half even though Tshimanga had no fouls. Tshimanga has started all 18 games for Nebraska so far. His best offensive effort was in a February 2 home loss to Michigan State, when he scored 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting and grabbed nine rebounds in 24 minutes.

Tshimanga averaged five points and four rebounds during the 2016-17 season.

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