Nebraska’s Petteway to Enter NBA Draft
Nebraska star forward Terran Petteway has decided to enter the 2015 NBA draft, forgoing his senior year at Nebraska. The star forward averaged 18 points per game (PPG), and five rebounds per game (RPG) last season.
Petteway’s decision may have been influenced by the death of his mother, who passed away last Tuesday. She died after a long battle with cancer. Petteway mentioned earlier this season, that his mother’s cancer was affecting his play.
Petteway transferred from Texas Tech two years ago to become a Nebraska Cornhusker; thus his career blossomed in Lincoln.
Petteway released this statement on Thursday:
“I want to start off by thanking the city of Lincoln and state of Nebraska for all of the love and support that you guys have shown me over the last three years….This is a bittersweet moment for me because Lincoln has become a second home to me, but in the same instance has helped me grow as a man and ballplayer, and I love y’all.”
Petteway was a star for the Huskers and carried a very heavy load for them. Now, senior Shavon Shields will be the go-to-guy for the Huskers.
As for Petteway’s draft stock, many believe he is a late first, to early second-round pick. He has a very big upside and shows an excellent display of leadership. Petteway is an above average 3 point shooter, and his 6’6″ frame gives him an advantage over other small forwards and shooting guards. He shot 45% from the field over his three-year career at Nebraska, and his ability steal the ball was a very dangerous threat to opposing teams.
Petteway was a game changer at Nebraska, and I think he will fit in nicely with the right NBA team.