|Hometown:||Auckland, New Zealand|
|High School:||Westlake Boys|
Honors & Awards
- 2015 Barclay's Classic All-Tournament Team
- New Zealand National Team (2014-Present)
- Three-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll
- Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)
• Tai (pronounced Tie) Webster was one of the most improved players in the Big Ten, as he averaged 10.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game, doubling his previous bests in scoring and rebounding
• Reached double figures 16 times, including seven times in Big Ten play, and is fourth in the Big Ten in steals (1.4 spg)
• Was one of NU's top performers 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
• Had 12 of his 17 points against No. 18 Maryland in the second half, as he helped the Huskers cut a 25-point deficit to six in the final minute
• Finished with nine points, six boards and three steals vs. Wisconsin while limiting Bronson Koenig to 3-of-12 shooting
• Had 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting along with five caroms, four dimes and a pair of steals vs. Rutgers
• Led NU with 13 points and added five rebounds, three assists and a career high three blocks vs. Northwestern
• Had nine points and matched his career-high with eight rebounds vs. No. 15 Purdue
• Tallied 14 points on 6-of-7 shooting and three rebounds at No. 22 Indiana
• Totaled 17 points, four rebounds and three steals in the loss at No. 21 Purdue
• Had a career-high five steals - the most by a Husker since 2012 - as well as 12 points and five rebounds vs. Michigan
• Nearly had a double-double at No. 11 Michigan State with 10 points, seven rebounds and three assists
• Provided a lift at Illinois with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and five rebounds, as he had nine points in a 17-4 first-half run that allowed Nebraska to take control.
• Led NU with a career-high 22 points on 7-of-11 shooting and five rebounds at Iowa, the most points by a Husker reserve since Toney McCray had 23 points at Baylor on Feb. 9, 2011
• Came off the bench for the first time against Prairie View A&M and had 10 points, three steals and three rebounds in 21 minutes, scoring six of his 10 points and adding all three steals in an 18-2 second-half run
• Totaled 15 points, a team-high three assists and three rebounds at Creighton
• Earned a spot on the Barclays Center Classic All-Tournament Team, averaging 19.5 points and 5.0 rebounds per game against No. 24 Cincinnati and Tennessee
• Paced five Huskers in double figures against Tennessee, finishing with 18 points on 7-of-13 shooting
• Enjoyed the finest game of his career against No. 24 Cincinnati with career highs in both points (21) and rebounds (eight) along with three assists in a 65-61 loss
• Scored 11 of his 13 points against Southeastern Louisiana in the first half and grabbed a career-high six rebounds
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 in New Zealand. Tai majors in sociology at Nebraska.