Nebraska guard Tarin Smith has decided to transfer to Duquesne, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein.
Nebraska transfer Tarin Smith has committed to Duquesne, source told @CBSSports. Three years of eligbility remaining.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) May 4, 2015
Happy to say I've committed to Duquesne University !! 🏀
— Smittee (@Smittee_) May 4, 2015
The freshman out of Ocean Township, New Jersey and famed St. Anthony High School averaged 4.5 points and shot 44.5 percent from the field in 17.6 minutes per game last season, but will now head closer to home. Duquesne actually recruited Smith when he was still in high school, so it’s not as though he’ll have to adjust to a completely new and unfamiliar place.
Decision-wise, this writer is going to call it a good one. Nebraska took a step back in 2015 after making the NCAA tournament the previous year and went just 13-18 (5-13 Big Ten). Throw in the fact that star player Terran Petteway has declared for the NBA draft, and Smith is definitely better off transferring to a new program if winning is his priority.
That makes his transfer to Duquesne all the more puzzling, as the Dukes have gone 33-58 (12-38 A 10) in three seasons under coach Jim Ferry and haven’t made the NCAA tournament since 1977. For all we know, maybe Smith chose Duquesne simply because it’s closer to home.
Either way, the decision and the reasons behind it are Smith’s alone and he’s going to do what he feels is best for him. It’s a big loss for Nebraska and a significant get for Duquesne.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to Huskers.com