Husker Update: MBB Adds Recruit, Five VB Players go to National Team


The Nebraska men’s basketball team added another talented newcomer on Wednesday, as Coach Fred Hoiberg announced the addition of Western Kentucky transfer Dalano Banton (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) to the Husker roster.  Banton (pronounced duh-LAH-no BAN-ten), a 6-foot-8, 195-pound guard, will have three years of eligibility after sitting out the 2019-20 season.

A former top-100 recruit, Banton played 31 games at Western Kentucky in 2018-19, averaging 3.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. He made 12 starts and showed his versatility in a win over No. 15 Wisconsin when he nearly had a triple double with 13 rebounds, 10 assists and eight points in a career-high 38 minutes. Banton was one of only six players in Division I basketball to have a game with at least eight points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 2018-19.  He had three double-figure scoring efforts on the year, including a season-high 11 points against both Belmont and St. Mary’s, as he also had six assists and three blocks against the Gaels.


Five former members of the Nebraska volleyball team have been named to the 30-player U.S. Women’s National Team preliminary roster for the 2019 FIVB Volleyball Nations League, the premier annual international volleyball tournament. Team USA won the inaugural Volleyball Nations League last year.

Recent Nebraska senior Mikaela Foecke will make her debut with the U.S. National Team after concluding her illustrious playing career with the Huskers last December. She will join fellow former Huskers Jordan Larson, Kelsey Robinson, Kadie Rolfzen and Justine Wong-Orantes on the 30-player roster.

The VNL, a 16-country league, includes 15 pool play matches for each country spread over five consecutive weeks with four pods of four teams competing in round-robin action every week. Each of the 12 core countries hosts at least one round-robin pod. The top five teams from the preliminary round will compete in the VNL Final Six along with host China from July 3-7 with the winner receiving $1 million.

The U.S. Women hosts No. 9 Korea on June 4, No. 13 Germany on June 5 and No. 4 Brazil on June 6. All matches will be played at the 15,500-seat Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.