Nebraska men’s basketball continued to add to its highest ranked class in program history with the addition of combo guard Quaran McPherson on Wednesday (May 5).
McPherson, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard from New York City, spent last season at Link Year School in Branson, Mo., averaging 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists per game for a postgrad team that posted a 26-4 record and earned runner-up honors at the 2021 Post Grad Nationals. He was also invited to the 2020 Pangos All-America festival, which featured 40 of the top players in the country in November of 2020.
“Quaran gives us a combo guard with size and toughness,” Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He’s a physical guard who can score at all three levels and has a good understanding of the game. The thing that stands out about Quaran is the he loves to compete, and he’s been around successful programs so he understands what it takes to win.”
McPherson spent his senior season playing for Woodstock (Conn.) Academy and Head Coach Jacque Rivera, averaging 14.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game on a roster which sent 10 players to Division I programs. McPherson was slated to play on Woodstock’s postgrad team in 2020-21, but didn’t play at the school because of COVID-19 restrictions.
Before going to Woodstock, he played two seasons at national power Christ the King High School, helping the school to a 19-10 record and a CHSAA Championship in 2019 despite missing the second half of the season to knee surgery. He came off the bench as a sophomore on a roster which included Kofi Cockburn (Illinois) and Tyson Walker (Michigan State). McPherson played for the New York Rens on the AAU circuit.
McPherson had offers from Arizona State, Georgia, St. John’s and other high-majors programs before choosing Nebraska.
He is one of five signees for the 2020-21 season in a recruiting class which is in the top-15 nationally by ESPN and 247Sports. McPherson joins incoming freshmen Bryce McGowens, Wilhelm Breidenbach and Oleg Kojenets, as well as junior college transfer Keisei Tominaga.