Former Nebraska basketball sharpshooter signs free agent contract with Pacers

A catalyst for the Nebraska men's basketball team's successful season signed a free agent contract with an NBA franchise on Friday morning.

Keisei Tominaga, the former Nebraska guard and one of the better shooters in the Big Ten last season, has finally gotten his chance in the NBA. After going undrafted in June, Tominaga has agreed to a contract with the Indiana Pacers.

The deal is intended to be an Exhibit 10 free agent deal because the contract is not a guaranteed commitment to the league minimum. Indiana will not count Tominaga's contract against the salary cap unless the former Husker is added to the regular season roster. The deal can also be converted later to a two-way contract that allows Tominaga to play with the Pacers and in the NBA G-League. This two-way conversion must occur before the start of the regular season.

The Japan native was an electrifying shooter for the Huskers last season, averaging just over 15 points per game while shooting nearly 38% on three-point shots.

Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Keisei Tominaga (30) throws the ball

February 21, 2024; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Nebraska Cornhuskers guard Keisei Tominaga (30) throws the ball as Indiana Hoosiers guard Trey Galloway (32) defends during the second half at Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall. / Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports

Tominaga originally declared for the 2023 draft before returning to Lincoln for his senior year. He graduated with second-team All-Big Ten honors and helped the Huskers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in a decade.

The sharpshooter was particularly efficient at his now in-state school, scoring 71 points total against Indiana and going 3-0 against the Hoosiers in his final season, including a Big Ten Tournament exit. Tominaga was also part of the All-Star Final Four weekend, putting on a show with a 3-point contest win.

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