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Nick Branting to sign with the Nebraska Cranes

March 21, 2005 - United States Basketball League (USBL) - Nebraska Cranes News Release

Branting played at the University of Nebraska at Kearney from 2000 to 2004. In the 2003-04 season at UNK, Branting, a North Platte native, ranked first in the RMAC and 11th in the nation in scoring at 22.3 points per game. He averaged 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 assists, 1.5 blocks and 1.5 steals per game this year while shooting 52.4 percent from the field and 84.7 percent from the free throw line.

Branting was Daktronics and Division II Bulletin NCAA Division II Player of the Year, Division II Conference Commissions Association Scholar Athlete of the Year, CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) Men’s Basketball College Division Academic All-American of the Year, RMAC Player of the Year, Rhodes Scholar Nebraska State Finalist and NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Winner.

Branting, with a career goal of being a doctor, holds a 3.94 cumulative GPA as biology major. As a Rhodes Scholar state finalist, he has already been accepted into the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Branting traveled over seas and played in professional basketball in Portugal last fall. Upon returning this December, Branting was assistant coach for the Lopers.

“It’s great to have an area native that is able to play at this level. I think it will really do a lot for the community,” said Cranes Coach/GM Terry Layton.

The Nebraska Cranes season runs from April 21 through June 20 with fifteen home games. To view a complete schedule, visit www.kearneyevents.com/cranes/. Purchase tickets by calling the box office at 308-338-8011.

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