Nebraska Cornhuskers: It's Been a Long Journey for Lance Jeter

Ronnie HampstonCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - MARCH 10:  Lance Jeter #34 of the Nebraska Cornhuskers moves the ball in the second half against the Missouri Tigers during the first round game of the 2010 Phillips 66 Big 12 Men's Basketball Tournament at the Sprint Center on March 10, 2010 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Many college basketball players don't quite go through the journey that Lance Jeter had throughout his tenure in college. Jeter is on his way to becoming a candidate for All-Big 12 Honors and is a part of a great story leading the Nebraska Cornhuskers to a possible NCAA Tournament berth.

Jeter was not always a star on the basketball court. During his freshman year of college Jeter was a red-shirted wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bearcats. Coming out of Pennsylvania as a heralded college recruit in football and basketball, Jeter decided to sign a letter of intent to play football.

During Jeter's lone year in Cincinnati, he would often play basketball in the school's gym to sharpen his skills after rigorous football practices. A lot of students would mistaken him for a basketball player rather than a football player.

A coaching change at the University of Cincinnati and a change of heart led Jeter to Polk Community College in Florida where he was named the FCCAA Player of the Year. While playing at Polk Community College Jeter also led his team to consecutive regular season titles.

Despite being out of basketball for a year Jeter did not show any rust. Due to Jeter's stellar play, it landed him a scholarship to play basketball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

Nebraska is a storied football program and basketball is an afterthought in Lincoln. Jeter had other offers on the table, but changing the culture was a key factor in his deciding decision.

In Jeter's junior season, he put up stellar numbers showing that he could compete with the steady competition in the Big 12. Jeter was a member of the All-Big 12 Newcomer team due to his heady play and consistency.

This season is a special one for the Cornhuskers. Nebraska already has 15 wins totaling the same amount of games the Cornhuskers won last season. Winning 20 games is and a NCAA berth is a strong possibility if the Cornhuskers finish strong in conference play.

Jeter's college journey has been a testament of what kind of person and athlete he is. Hard work and dedication are qualities that he shows on a consistent basis. The road began in Cincinnati, Ohio as a red-shirted football player and now it ends in Lincoln, Neb. as the star player for the Cornhuskers. It comes to show you how far Lance Jeter has come.