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Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Huskers' Tai Webster cleared to play

By Jeff Goodman
ESPN.com

Talented Nebraska freshman Tai Webster has been cleared by the NCAA to play this season.

Webster, a 6-foot-4 guard from New Zealand, will be a major part of Tim Miles' efforts to get the Cornhuskers to the NCAA tournament. Webster will almost certainly start at point guard for Nebraska this season and is likely the team's most talented player.

"He's going to be on the floor with the ball in his hands," Miles told ESPN.com on Wednesday morning. "He's a good player. We're thrilled he qualified, and we need more Tai Websters."

Webster was pursued by numerous high-major programs following a strong performance a year ago with New Zealand in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic qualifying tournament. He also averaged 18.5 points for the Waikato Pistons in New Zealand's Basketball league last season.

Pittsburgh, NC State, Wake Forest, LSU, Vanderbilt and Saint Mary's were all involved in his recruitment. However, Nebraska assistant and Australian native Chris Harriman -- one of the strongest international recruiters -- was able to lure Webster to Lincoln.

"He was recruited at a high level, and we feel he can come right in and make an impact," Harriman told ESPN.com. "He led the national team in scoring at 17 years old, and he has huge upside."

Nebraska was 15-18 last season, but the Cornhuskers should be improved with the addition of Webster and transfers Walter Pitchford (Florida) and Terran Petteway (Texas Tech).