Webster, Diaz Compete at FIBA World Cup
Former Huskers Tai Webster and Jorge Brian Diaz helped their teams to solid performances at the FIBA World Cup in China.
Webster was the starting point guard for New Zealand, which went 3-2 in competition and earned a bid for the 2020 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Webster averaged 13.4 points, 4.8 assist and 4.2 rebounds per game. He reached double figures in all five games, including a 17-point effort against Greece and a 15-point nine-assist effort against Japan. Webster guided a New Zealand team that averaged a tournament-high 99.4 points per game and had five players average double figures.
Webster, who played at Nebraska from 2014 to 2017, is currently playing with Galatasaray in Turkey for a second consecutive season. He was a three-year starter for the Huskers, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017, as he averaged 17.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He was NU's starting point guard during the 2013-14 season when Nebraska reached the NCAA Tournament.
Diaz started all five games for Puerto Rico, which advanced to round of 16 by virtue of finishing second in its group. He finished by averaging 4.2 points, 2.8 rebounds and 0.6 blocks per game. He had seven points in the 67-64 win over Tunisia which clinched the second-round bid. Puerto Rico finished with a 2-3 tournament mark.
Diaz, who played for three seasons at Nebraska (2010-12), has played professionally in his native Puerto Rico for the past seven years, helping Quebradillas to a pair of championships. At Nebraska, he enjoyed his best year in 2010-11, averaging 10.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game to help the Huskers to 19 wins and an NIT appearance. His final season was cut short by injuries, as he played just 16 game and averaged 8.6 points per game.