April 6, 2009

Transfers bring more change to Huskers' future

Less than a week after Nebraska added two new faces to its roster, two others announced they were gone for good on Monday.


Sophomore guard Cookie Miller and redshirt freshman forward Alonzo Edwards informed Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler that they are transferring at the end of the semester.


Many had already assumed the Huskers would be a much different team next season, and that's already beginning to take shape with Miller and Edwards' departures. Miller cited family reasons for his departure, while Edwards cited more playing time as the primary factor for his decisions to leave the program.


"I've talked with Cookie and Alonzo and both have told me that they wanted to find other opportunities to play," Sadler said in a released statement. "We understand each of their situations, which are very different. We appreciate what they have done here and I wish the best for both of them, personally, academically and on the court."


Most fans who followed the Huskers at all this past season likely aren't too surprised by Edwards' transfer. A player who could barely make it 5 minutes in practice without being reprimanded by Sadler in some way for constant mistakes, Edwards played in all of 16 games this season, making one a start against Alabama State.


He played a grand total of 70 minutes, averaging 1.7 points and 0.9 rebounds in the limited playing time he did see.


Edwards was a player where it simply never clicked, which came as disappointment to many fans considering the physical tools he possessed the Huskers' desperate need for a big man last season.


"I appreciate the opportunity here but I think that it's best for me to move on to find someplace where I can earn more playing time," Edwards said in a statement. "I wish everyone at Nebraska the best and hope they do well."


Miller's announcement, however, came as somewhat of a surprise.


A starter for the majority of the season, more playing time likely wasn't much of an issue for Miller. In fact, the 5-foot-7, 165-pounder started 46 of his 60 career games at Nebraska. In his two seasons, in Lincoln, he averaged 6.7 points, 3.6 assists and 1.7 steals per game.


While the Huskers will add some new guards to their roster next season, Miller's experience and the energy he brought to the team every time he stepped on the court will be difficult to replace.


However, he was never shy about his close relationship with his family - especially his mother - and has already said he wants to transfer to a school closer to his hometown of Charleston, W.V., to be closer to his family.


"I want to continue to play basketball in college, but my family has to come first," Miller said in a statement. "I've enjoyed Nebraska and playing with this team, and hope they do well in the future. I just feel it will be easier to focus on basketball and school if I'm closer to home to take care of my family."

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