Other Players to Watch
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A senior transfer from Winthrop College, Okeke brings NCAA tournament experience with a 2016-17 Big South title win and the school’s first tournament appearance in seven seasons. The 6-foot-8 center boasts a 7-foot-5 wingspan and top marks as one of the nation’s top returning shot blockers.
Okeke tallied 165 during his career at Winthrop, earning the No. 6 spot among DI players entering the 2017-18 season. He hasn’t done a ton over seven games so far, but a quick glimpse at film of the eight shots Okeke has blocked, or a jaw-dropping alley oop he converted against North Dakota, will show Husker fans that Okeke is a type of player Nebraska has rarely had before.
The sophomore guard had a late start to his freshman campaign, missing nearly three months of training with a pelvic injury. In February he suffered an ankle injury against Penn State that again set him back and benched him for another period of time.
By the time he returned for his second year on the Nebraska roster, Roby had added more strength to his 6-foot-8 frame. Now, he just needs to stay healthy.
Out of the gates, Roby is averaging 6.7 points and 5.3 rebounds per game while leading the way protecting Nebraska’s basket with those 13 blocked shots.
A transfer from Georgetown, Copeland joined Nebraska at the beginning of 2017 after averaging 11.1 points and 5.4 rebounds per game as a sophomore in D.C. The junior did not practice with the team initially after back surgery in February, but has come on quickly this season to add another scoring option.
At 6-foot-9 and 221 pounds, the forward is the second tallest on the team behind sophomore center Jordy Tshimanga. Copeland has also found his shooting touch after putting up 30 points against North Dakota on Nov. 19. Copeland missed just two shots that day, and has started to connect from 3-point range lately to go with his length and rebounding in the paint.