LINCOLN, Neb. - After a 35-point performance against Minnesota over the weekend, Nebraska sophomore Terran Petteway is third in the Big Ten in scoring – averaging 18.2 points per game.
"He's a machine, he really is,” said Nebraska head coach Tim Miles shortly after the Huskers 82-78 win. “He is an excellent athlete. He can score in transition and make threes. He had one or two bad shots that he took and he made on of them. So, I can't get mad at him even though it was a bad shot. I'm not going to stop him and risk slowing him down a little bit."
The Texas Tech transfer had his struggles early in the season getting comfortable, but has scored at least 15 points per game since the start of Big Ten play.
"We really liked him, I think he is a good player,” said Minnesota head coach Richard Pitino. “Ben Johnson (former Nebraska assistant) told me he is probably the hardest working kid he has coached. So that definitely says a lot about him, he definitely deserves success. He made some big time plays and some big time shots. Guys that work that hard deserve to get better, he deserves success."
Nebraska is one of the youngest teams in the Big Ten. While many people have pointed to the play of Shavon Shields being the most important piece of the puzzle down the road for long term success – Nebraska might just go as far as Petteway can take them.
"Terran is obsessed with work,” said Miles. “There's no doubt about it. I've had really hard workers throughout my career - 19 years - and I don't know that I've had a guy work harder at their game than Terran. And then be able to put it in to team form. How it translates into not just me doing my thing but team form. And that's really an important integration that not every player can pull off."