Return of the Guard: Nebraska’s Keisei Tominaga looking to improve in final season
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – To the delight of many Husker fans, Keisei Tominaga is spending one more season in a scarlet and cream jersey.
Tominaga announced in a Twitter video Wednesday that he would be playing his senior season at Nebraska.
Before the announcement, it was unclear whether Tominaga would take his chances in the NBA or return to the Huskers.
But this offseason, Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg made it a top priority to get Tominaga to return, and he succeeded.
“Biggest need for us was getting Keisei back in a Husker uniform, so we could not be more excited about that,” he said Friday.
Last season, Tominaga shined in the spotlight, bringing Husker fans to their feet with deep 3s at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
He shot 40% behind the arc and averaged 13.1 points per game. The Japan native was also one of six players in Division I to shoot 50% from the field.
Tominaga even caught the attention of future hall of famer and Golden State Warrior Stephen Curry.
Love it, Keisei!
— Stephen Curry (@StephenCurry30) February 16, 2023
Despite the impressive junior season, Tominaga admitted that there are plenty of things he can improve on next season.
“Of course, I got to get bigger, you know, stronger, defense stuff,” he said.
Keisei said his choice to come back to Nebraska came down to the desire to improve his game – and the Husker faithful.
“I think you see the impact of Keisei when he sends out a tweet and you have about 3½ million views on it within the first couple hours,” Hoiberg said.
Fun press conference with Coach Hoiberg and Keisei Tominaga today on Keisei’s decision to return to Nebraska!
“The thing I love about this kid is just the joy he plays the game with…he flipped off a crowd on the road this year…” pic.twitter.com/tJyeBCmav5
— Lauren Michelson (@LaurenMichelson) June 2, 2023