Husker men’s basketball team adds immediately eligible juco transfer
In need of some frontcourt size after the late-July transfer of Jordy Tshimanga, the Nebraska men’s basketball team found its man Thursday.
Dedoch Chan, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from Rochester, Minnesota, signed with the Huskers Thursday on the second day of an official visit to Lincoln.
A transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Chan will be an immediately eligible sophomore in 2018-19 and have three years of eligibility remaining.
“I’m very happy to add a player as productive as Dedoch has been at his junior college,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said in a news release. “The Huskers needed another player with size in the rotation, and Dedoch fits the bill. He’s a great young man, and we are proud to have him in our program. I can’t wait to get started to work with him.”
Chan averaged 16.8 points and 8.3 rebounds per game last season for Mississippi Gulf Coast, leading the team in both categories on the way to first-team NJCAA All-Region 23 honors. He had eight double-doubles as a freshman, including a 33-point, 17-rebound performance against Meridian CC.
Chan scored 20 or more points nine times while shooting 47 percent from the field, 31 percent from three-point range and 73 percent from the free-throw line. He also had three games of 15 or more rebounds.
A number of mid-majors had extended offers to Chan, among them Cal State-Fullerton, Pacific, Alabama-Birmingham and Jacksonville State. Nebraska was the first high-major program to offer.
“Thank you to Coach Miles and the rest of the coaching staff for believing in me,” Chan wrote on his Twitter account. “I’m ready to take full advantage of the opportunity that is being presented to me!”
Chan played his high school basketball at John Marshall High School in Rochester. As a senior, he garnered All-Big Nine Conference honors, averaging 16.0 points per game on 54 percent shooting along with 8.0 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game. He helped John Marshall to a 25-4 record and a Section 1AAAA runner-up finish.
He transferred to John Marshall as a junior and averaged 7.3 points points and 5.0 rebounds per game despite missing nearly a third of the season after moving. As a sophomore, Chan led Albert Lea High School with 22 points and eight rebounds a game to earn first-team All-Big Nine Conference accolades.
The addition of Chan leaves Nebraska with one open scholarship for the upcoming season. The Huskers have until Aug. 27, which is the final registration deadline for fall classes at UNL, to fill it.