A late addition to the Husker basketball roster, junior college transfer Mike Peltz joined the team prior to the start of practice in October. A walk-on, Peltz will add depth to the Husker backcourt which looks to replace their top two point guards from a year ago.
Peltz was a two-year captain at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff, Neb., playing for Coach Russ Beck. As a sophomore in 2011-12, Peltz averaged 7.5 points, 6.2 assists, 4.9 rebounds and 1.5 steals per game in helping WNCC to a 26-7 record and the school's first national ranking since 2005. Peltz ranked fifth nationally in the NJCAA in assists and had a 3.5 assist-to-turnover ratio running an offense which featured five players that averaged double figures. One of five players who are playing Division I basketball this season, he had 10 games with at least eight assists, including a season-best 15 assist effort against Oglala Lakota College when he also had 12 points and 10 rebounds. It was one of three triple-doubles he recorded during his junior college career. Offensively, he reached double figures seven times, including a season-high 20 points against Lake Region State College. As a freshman, he averaged 7.0 points, 2.4 assists and 3.9 rebounds per game in 29 contests. Peltz also excelled in the classroom, carrying a 3.83 GPA and had the highest GPA among male athletes at WNCC.
Peltz played at Alliance High School, where he averaged 23 points, eight rebounds and four assists per game as a senior for Coach Michael Baker to earn district MVP and honorable-mention all-state honors by the Lincoln Journal Star. Peltz was also a Class B all-state selection as a junior, averaging 19 points per game, as he led Class B in scoring in both his junior and senior campaigns. A three-year starter, Peltz totaled over 1,000 career points in high school. He also played football as a wide receiver, earning all-conference honors before missing most of his senior year because of an injury. He also garnered academic all-state honors in each of his final three years at Alliance High School.
Mike Peltz is the son of Terry and Yvette Peltz and was born on Feb. 12, 1992, in Alliance, Neb. He has three older brothers, Al, Butch and TJ. Butch was a four-year starting safety at Nebraska-Kearney in football who ranks among the school's career tackle leaders, while TJ also played basketball at Western Nebraska CC for a season and served as an assistant coach at the school. Mike chose to walk-on at Nebraska after receiving scholarship offers from nearly a dozen Division II programs, and chances to walk on at other Division I programs. He is majoring in sociology at Nebraska.