LINCOLN — Kevin Cross, one of Nebraska’s two big men on the 2019-20 roster, is leaving the program, he announced on Twitter Tuesday.
His departure comes just days after Lincoln native Charlie Easley announced he’ll be transferring to South Dakota State. NU now has two open scholarships on the 2020-2021 roster.
Cross is a 6-foot-8, 240-pound forward from Little Rock, Arkansas, who came to Nebraska through connections of assistant Doc Sadler. Lightly recruited out of high school, Cross was a pleasant surprise early in the season, scoring in double digits in four of the Huskers’ first six games. But he proved inconsistent, finishing with 7.1 points per game and 3.9 rebounds. He scored 23 points in the season finale against Indiana in the Big Ten tournament.
Though Cross played the five last season, he would’ve likely been fighting for playing time at the wing with Nevada transfer Shamiel Stevenson, a 6-foot-6 and 245-pound forward, and 6-foot-5, 240-pound Teddy Allen.
Nebraska signed five players to its 2020 recruiting class last week, including Allen, who was the junior college’s leading scorer, Wisconsin transfer Kobe King, Western Illinois point guard Kobe Webster, Pittsburgh transfer Trey McGowens and 6-foot-9 Chipola College product Lat Mayen.