Hoops Profile: Tai Webster
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Posted Jul 12, 2013

Tai Webster is no doubt a talent, but how long will it take the freshman to adjust to the American game?

Tai Webster

Height: 6-foot-3

Weight: 185-pounds

Year: Freshman

Hometown: Auckland, New Zealand

Previous School: Westlake Boys High School and New Zealand National Team

Out of High School Offers: Nebraska, LSU, Pittsburgh, Virginia, SMU

Strengths: Despite being only 17 years old, Webster became a known commodity on the national scene with his time with the New Zealand national squad. Fran Fraschilla, an ESPN College Basketball broadcaster, feels if Webster had played in the United State, he would have been a five-star prospect and a top 25 player.

Webster’s pure jump shot and ability to get to the rim will be a welcomed change for the Huskers, who have struggled at times to get that from their guards. In addition to being a spectacular point guard, it is thought that Webster could see time on the wing because of his jump shot. Coming off of screens for a jump shot makes Webster one of the most deadly players on the floor.

Weaknesses: Despite being a point guard for his national team, Webster would greatly benefit from improving his ball handling skills. The true freshman has never faced the talent of players from the United States, so the style of play may take awhile to get used to. But if he adjusts quickly, he will be an instant contributor.

2012-13 Look Back: In 22 games last season; Webster averaged 26.9 mpg., 13.5 ppg., 3.1 apg., 1.36 spg. and shot 44 percent from the field.

2013-14 Outlook: Even though he played point guard in high school, it is expected Webster will shift over to the shooting guard spot. If he proves that he can play there, it will create more opportunities for him to go back to his natural position of point guard down the road and in certain situations.

Publisher's Note: Webster's still not cleared by the NCAA, but he should be qualified by the start of the season.

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