Honors & Awards
- Big Ten Sportsmanship Award (2017)
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2016)
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2017)
One of the biggest positives for the Huskers last season was the development of Jordy Tshimanga (pronounced cha-MAHN-gah). He continually improved during Big Ten play as he gained more opportunities, moving into the starting lineup midway through conference play. While Tshimanga 7.4 points on 49 percent shooting and 5.9 rebounds over NU's final 11 games, the coaches believe he could be in line for another jump during his sophomore campaign. At 6-foot-11, 268 pounds, Tshimanga gives the Huskers an imposing presence in the post, and he has continued to work hard on improving his strength and conditioning. Although he has played organized basketball for just four years, Tshimanga has impressed coaches and teammates with his work effort and dedication. The addition of graduate transfer Duby Okeke has pushed Tshimanga in practice, allowing both players to improve during the offseason.
Tshimanga was the only Husker freshman to appear in all 31 games, averaging 5.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game in his initial campaign. He made significant strides throughout the year and closed the season by playing some of his best basketball. Tshimanga raised his numbers across the board in conference play, averaging 5.7 points and 4.2 rebounds per game despite playing more than 20 minutes once in Big Ten action. He led the team in field goal percentage (.481) in conference play and was fourth on the team in rebounding.
He was one of the biggest beneficiaries when Ed Morrow Jr. was sidelined for a month with a foot injury. After scoring just four points in NU's first four conference games, Tshimanga averaged 5.8 points per game off the bench in the next four contests, including seven points against Ohio State on Jan. 18, and seven points and four boards at Northwestern on Jan. 26. He blossomed after moving into the starting lineup in a win over No. 20 Purdue on Jan. 29. In nine games as a starter, he averaged 7.3 points on 48 percent shooting and 6.3 caroms per game, while reaching double figures in scoring three times and once in rebounding. He put together his best offensive effort of the season vs. Michigan State on Feb. 2, totaling 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting and nine rebounds in 24 minutes, setting season bests in points, rebounds and minutes. Tshimanga nearly picked up his first double-double at Iowa on Feb. 5, posting 10 points and eight rebounds in 17 minutes before grabbing a season-high 10 rebounds against No. 7 Wisconsin on Feb. 9. Tshimanga reached double figures for the third time in four games against Penn State on Feb. 14 with 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting while adding seven boards. He added eight points and seven rebounds in 16 minutes at Michigan State on Feb. 23, and came off the bench and had nine points - all in the first half - and four rebounds in 12 minutes vs. Michigan in the regular-season finale on March 5.
Tshimanga showed glimpses of his potential during non-conference action. In three games against ranked foes, he averaged 6.7 points and 6.0 rebounds in just 14 minutes of work. His best performance in non-conference play came at No. 3 Kansas on Dec. 10, as he finished with then-season highs in points (10), rebounds (eight) and blocked shots (two). He also performed well against No. 14 UCLA on Nov. 25 with four points and six boards, including five offensive caroms, in 12 minutes of work. Tshimanga also had eight points, eight rebounds and two blocked shots against Mary on Nov. 15.
Tshimanga spent three seasons at The MacDuffie School in Granby, Mass., playing for Coach Jacque Rivera. Tshimanga was a four-star selection by Scout.com and was rated as the No. 150 prospect in the senior class by Rivals.com.
Tshimanga scored 1,123 points and grabbed 571 rebounds in his time at MacDuffie, while losing over 60 pounds during his three seasons after picking up the sport. A two-time NEPSAC Class AA honoree, he averaged 18.3 points, 14.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game during his senior season. One of his best performances of the season came against Wilbraham & Monson at the HoopHall Classic when he had 13 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks while facing Kentucky signee Wenyen Gabriel. He was also the MVP of the 2015 Hoop Hall Classic.
Tshimanga was ranked as the No. 15 prospect in New England by the New England Recruiting Report while ESPN.com rated him as the third-best prospect in the state of Massachusetts in 2016. He represented Canada in the 2014 NIKE Global Challenge and played in the Under Armour All-America camp in 2015. He is the No. 19 center in the country by Scout, No. 22 by 247Sports and No. 25 by ESPN.com.
Tshimanga, who began playing basketball at age 15, selected Nebraska over a host of schools, including UNLV, Minnesota, Oregon, Purdue and Arizona.
Jordy is the son of Florent Tshimanga and was born on Nov. 4, 1996, in Montreal. He has two older brothers, Link Kabadyundi and Yannick Wak, and two sisters, Yasmine Bidikuindila and Florence Tshimanga. Link currently is a senior at UT Arlington after beginning his collegiate career at TCU. Yasmine is a sophomore basketball player at LSU while Florence is a freshman at Grand Canyon University. Jordy's family is originally from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and he can speak three languages (English, French and Lingala). Jordy majors in psychology at Nebraska.