|Hometown:||Auckland, New Zealand|
|High School:||Westlake Boys|
Honors & Awards
- New Zealand National Team (2014-present)
- 2017 Second-Team All-Big Ten (Media)
- 2017 Third-Team All-Big Ten (Coaches)
- 2017 USBWA First-Team All-District
- 2017 NABC Second-Team All-District
- 2016 adidas Nations Camp Counselor
- 2015 Barclays Center Classic All-Tournament Team
- Three-Time NU Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
- Two-Time Tom Osborne Citizenship Team
Tai (pronounced Tie) Webster was one of the Big Ten's best performers in 2016-17, averaging 17.0 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.4 steals per game. He finished among the Big Ten leaders in scoring (fourth), steals (fifth) and assists (eighth) during his senior season.
• No Husker had averaged 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game before Webster accomplished the feat in 2016-17. In fact, the last Husker to average 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game was Cookie Belcher in 2000-01 (16.4 ppg; 5.1 rpg; 4.4 apg) and only two other Huskers have done it since 1994 (Erick Strickland in 1994-95 and Tyronn Lue in 1997-98).
•Became just the ninth Big Ten player since 1993-94 to average 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game, joining a list which includes D'Angelo Russell, Michael Finley, Evan Turner and Denzel Valentine among others.
•According to Stats, Inc., Webster became just the sixth Big Ten player in the last 20 years to average 17.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game in Big Ten Conference action. Webster finished Big Ten play at 17.3 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.1 assists per game.
•He led the Huskers in both double-figure (30) and 20-point games (nine), as he had a career-high 28 points, along with nine rebounds at Michigan on Jan. 14. Entering this season, Webster had just two 20-point games in his Husker career.
•Webster was exceptional against the Huskers best foes, as he averaged 19.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.7 steals per game in NU's six games against ranked opponents in 2016-17.
•Webster earned his first-ever Big Ten Player of the Week award on Jan. 2, as he averaged 19.5 points, 3.5 assists, 3.0 steals and 3.0 rebounds per game in helping NU to wins over No. 16 Indiana and Maryland. He keyed NU's comeback at Maryland with 18 points, including the Huskers' final seven points, in a 67-65 win.
• Led NU with nine 20-point performances in 2016-17 and was in double figures in 30 of 31 games.
• Finished his Husker career with 12 points, five rebounds and three assists before fouling out against Penn State in the Big Ten Tournament opener
• Posted his first career double-double at Michigan State with 19 points and a career-high 10 rebounds
• Paced Nebraska with 17 points, three assists, three rebounds and two steals at Ohio State, scoring 11 first-half points
• Led NU with 19 points and five assists vs. No. 7 Wisconsin
• Went over 1,000 career points at Iowa, as he totaled 14 points, six rebounds and six assists
• Keyed the win over Purdue with 15 points and team highs in both rebounds (eight) and assists (six)
• Totaled 23 points, six rebounds, three assists and three steals at Northwestern
• Established career highs in both points (28) and rebounds (nine) at Michigan and led NU with four assists
• Matched his then-career high with 23 points while adding seven assists, six rebounds and four steals in the double OT win over Iowa, scoring the go-ahead point with 47 seconds left in the second overtime
• Topped NU with 18 points and five assists at Maryland, scoring the last seven points as NU overcame a 13-point deficit with a 14-0 game-ending run
• Totaled 21 points, four rebounds and four assists in the victory over No. 16 Indiana
• Led NU at No. 3 Kansas with 22 points and five assists, marking the first time in his career he has had consecutive 20-point games (also vs. No. 10 Creighton)
• Posted his fourth 20-point game of the season vs. No. 10 Creighton with 20 points, six rebounds and four assists
• Averaged 19.3 points, 5.7 rebounds and 4.0 assists in three games at the Wooden Legacy
• Was one of the bright spots in the loss to Virginia Tech, matching his career high in both points (23) and rebounds (8)
• Turned in a strong effort vs. No. 14 UCLA with 19 points and dished out seven assists
• Scored 17 of his career-high 23 points in the first half against Louisiana Tech, as he went 11-of-12 from the line and chipped in six rebounds and four assists
Webster represented New Zealand in the FIBA Olympic Tournament Qualifier in July of 2016, playing in all three games to help New Zealand reach the semifinals. He averaged 16.3 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game despite being the youngest player on New Zealand’s 12-man roster. Webster finished tournament play second among all players in rebounding, fifth in scoring and sixth in field goal percentage and assists. His tournament was highlighted by a pair of double-doubles, including a 15-point, 10-rebound effort against Canada in the semifinals.
One of the most improved players in the Big Ten, Webster put together the best season of his career in 2015-16. He played in all 34 games, averaging 10.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, doubling his previous bests in both categories. The 6-foot-4 guard also ranked fifth in the BIg Ten in steals at 1.4 per game.
Webster, who made 18 starts, reached double figures 16 times, including a pair of 20-point efforts. He closed the season by playing some of his best basketball in the Big Ten Tournament, averaging 14.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 steals per game to help the Huskers to the quarterfinals. He scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half against No. 18 Maryland, as the Huskers cut a 25-point deficit to six points in the final minute. He also keyed NU's win over Rutgers with 18 points, five rebounds and four assists. Webster moved back into the starting lineup for the Huskers' final six games and averaged 12.2 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists and 2.2 steals per game in that stretch.
In Big Ten play, he averaged 9.9 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.3 steals per game while shooting 45 percent from the field. Webster reached double figures in Big Ten play eight times, including a career-high 22 point effort at No. 19 Iowa on Jan. 5. In that game, he hit 7-of-11 shots and also added five rebounds in 33 minutes off the bench. He also had 17 points and three steals at No. 21 Purdue and added 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and five rebounds at Illinois. He had nine of his 17 points in a 17-4 first-half run.
After a slow start to the season, Webster enjoyed a breakout performance at the Barclays Center Classic to earn a spot on the all-tournament team. In the opener, Webster set then career bests in points (21) and rebounds (eight) in a four-point loss to No. 24 Cincinnati. The following day, he followed up with an 18-point effort in a win over Tennessee. He also had 15 points in a loss at Crieghton.
Webster emerged as one of the first Huskers off the bench, backing up All-Big Ten performers Terran Petteway and Shavon Shields. He played in 30 games, averaging 3.9 points and 1.9 rebounds per game in 18.4 minutes per game. In all, he had three games in double figures, including a pair of 13-point efforts, and led NU in assists on five occasions in 2014-15. Webster, who fell out of the rotation early in Big Ten play, found a role as NU’s energy guy off the bench and his improved defense showed in other facets of his game. In his final 13 appearances off the bench, he shot nearly 40 percent from the field, including 35 percent from 3-point range, and had a 1.3-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio.
Webster was an immediate contributor for the Huskers as a true freshman, averaging 3.9 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game in helping the Huskers reach the NCAA Tournament. He led NU with 63 assists and also was among the team leaders in steals. Webster reached double figures four times, including a season-high 14 points against Georgia, and paced the squad in assists eight times.
Webster has enjoyed a decorated career on the international stage, as well as in his native New Zealand. After graduating from Westlake Boys High School, Webster played for the Waikato Pistons in the National Basketball League in New Zealand in 2012-13, averaging 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game despite being the youngest player in the league. In his final year in school, Webster led the Westlake Boys High School and Coach Ben Eves to the National Secondary Schools Basketball Championships in October of 2012, scoring 24 points en route to garnering tournament MVP honors.
Much of Webster's acclaim was on the national and international stage, as he was selected for the New Zealand team at 17 years old. He made his national team debut in 2012, leading the Tall Blacks in scoring three times in six contests in his first senior national team action. He averaged 13.5 points per game in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, while shooting 52.5 percent from the field. His 21 points led all scorers in a win over Angola, as he went 7-of-12 from the field, including 5-of-6 from 3-point range. He topped New Zealand in scoring in pretournament competition against both Olympic qualifier Brazil (eight) and Greece (18). He also won a gold medal at the inaugural FIBA 3x3 U18 World Championship in Italy in 2011. In addition to his basketball exploits, he also played volleyball at Westlake Boys High School.
Webster selected Nebraska over Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wake Forest, St. Mary’s, LSU and SMU. He was a four-star recruit by ESPN.com and one of the top point guards in the class of 2013.
Tai is the son of Cherry and Tony Webster and was born on May 29, 1995, in Auckland, New Zealand. He has one older brother, Corey, who was also a member of New Zealand's national team in 2014 and is in training camp with the NBA's New Orleans Pelicans. Tony Webster was a standout athlete in his own right, earning first team All-WAC honors at Hawaii in 1983 and ranking fourth on Hawaii’s career steals list before playing professionally. Tai majored in sociology at Nebraska and earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2017.