Palmer & Copeland Will Forego NBA Draft, Stay at NU for Senior Year

Palmer & Copeland Will Forego NBA Draft, Stay at NU for Senior Year
Tim Miles led Nebraska to a program-record 13 conference wins last season. (World-Herald News Service)

No one had a better Memorial Day weekend than Nebraska men’s basketball coach Tim Miles. Over the long weekend, both James Palmer, Jr. and Isaac Copeland announced their intentions to return to Nebraska for their senior year, and forego the NBA Draft.

In all, the Huskers return six of their top eight scorers from last season.

Palmer, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound guard, finished fifth in the Big Ten in scoring at 17.2 points per game, while also adding 4.4 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.0 steals per game.

Copeland averaged 12.9 points, 6.1 rebounds and 1.0 blocks per game. He was second on the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots and had three double-doubles on the year.

More news could be coming for Nebraska men’s basketball in terms of scheduling. It was announced two weeks ago that the Huskers will host Seton Hall in the 2018 Gavitt Tipoff Games. Nebraska will also host Creighton in December when the two teams renew their annual intra-state rivalry.

The Huskers could play as many as 25-26 opponents in the Power Five conferences, according to Coach Miles. While the rest of the non-conference schedule is yet to be determined, Miles said news will be coming soon on a marquee non-conference game in the neutral location of Sioux Falls, S.D.

The number of conference games also increased from 18-20 this season.

Nebraska will also play a pair of quality teams in the Hall of Fame Classic in Kansas City, MO on Nov. 19 and 20. That tournament field will also include Texas Tech, USC and Missouri State.

Nebraska went 22-11 in 2017-18 and broke a school record with 13 conference wins, but were selected as a No. 5 seed in the National Invitational Tournament.

NBA Finals

The fourth consecutive season of Golden State vs. Cleveland tips off on Thursday evening at 8 p.m. central at Oracle Arena. The Warriors are heavy favorites, but Miles isn’t sleeping on LeBron James and former Husker turned Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue.