|Hometown:||Auckland, New Zealand|
|High School:||Westlake Boys|
Honors & Awards
- New Zealand National Team (2014-present)
- 2016 adidas Nations Camp Counselor
- 2015 Barclays Center Classic All-Tournament Team
- Three-Time NU Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
- 2016 Tom Osborne Citizenship Team
Tai (pronounced Tie) Webster looks to build on a solid junior season, as he becomes the focal point of the Husker attack this season. Webster, whose 52 career starts at Nebraska are more than the rest of the roster combined, was third on the team in scoring at 10.1 points per game last season and ranked fifth in the Big Ten with 1.4 steals per game. The 6-foot-4 senior continued to enhance his game over the summer playing with the New Zealand National Team. Webster starred for the Kiwis in the FIBA Olympic qualifier, leading the team in both scoring (16.3 ppg) and rebounding (9.7 rpg) in helping them reach the semifinals. Webster's size and athleticism makes him a tough matchup for opposing guards, while he has worked hard to expand his game.
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 majors in sociology at Nebraska and is on pace to graduate in May of 2017.