When Nebraska landed Blinn junior college combo guard Dylan Talley, they beat out programs like USC, Gonzaga, and Tennessee. In the process, possibly getting a scorer that can evaluate the program to the next level.
“Coach Sadler wants me to score, that is what he told me I listened to him during the process,” said Talley to FoxSports. “I definitely feel that I’m the missing piece. Last year, they defended really well, had some decent play, but they didn’t have many scorers. I feel that is what I bring to the table, I can score and distribute.”
Talley has definitely showed in the past two seasons he can score. After being named American East Conference Rookie of the Year at Binghamton (D-1) in 2009-10, Talley averaged 22.9 points a game at Blinn J.C., good for the No. 6 junior college scorer in the nation.
“I was heavily recruited out of high school, but I wanted to go to a place where I could play right away,” said Talley. At Binghamton, that happened, but after everything that went down there, I wanted a fresh start.”
Binghamton was rocked by scandals and controversy at the end of the 2010 season and elected to not play in their conference tournament.
After transferring to Blinn, Talley started the recruiting process over again, also collecting offers from Seton Hall, Colorado, and LSU.
“When I went on my visit, to Nebraska I could just tell that I was going to fit in there. I was really impressed with the facilities and the coaching staff,” said Talley. “I got a sense that I could help lead them to the tourney when I played with them. They were so close last year, but I still have a chance to help them next season with the guys returning.
“I’m definitely excited to play in the Big Ten. It’s a major conference and I’m only going to be playing against the top competition in the country. I always pride myself on being prepared to play anyone.”
The sophomore will have three years to play two in Lincoln and will enroll this summer. His plans are to take both summer sessions, working on his academics and his game.
“I’m working on my defense at the point guard spot. I can defend pretty well at the two-guard spot, but I’m sort of a bigger guard (6-foot-5),” said the future Husker. “With shorter guards, they sometimes give me trouble and go around me. I’m working on my lateral quickness, so I can keep them in front.”
Talley was named an Honorable Mention All-American last year by the NJCAA. He shot nearly 49% from the field and averaged 3.8 assists.