Tai (pronounced Tie) Webster is a throwback. The 6-foot-4 guard is a true combo guard who can play either spot in the backcourt for the Huskers as a true freshman. Webster has enough size and speed to get into the lane, while possessing a shooting touch than can extend defenses. More importantly for the Huskers is his international experience. He was selected for New Zealand's national team in the summer of 2013 and averaged 13.5 points per game against some of the world's best international players. After graduating high school, Webster played in the National Basketball League in his native New Zealand, where he was the youngest player in the league at just 18 years old. Webster comes from an accomplished basketball family, as his father was an All-WAC performer at Hawaii, while his older brother is also a member of New Zealand's national team.
Webster has enjoyed a decorated career on the international stage, as well as in his native New Zealand. He was a four-star recruit by ESPN.com and one of the top point guards in the class of 2013.
After graduating from Westlake Boys High School last winter, Webster played for the Waikato Pistons in the National Basketball League in New Zealand. This spring, he averaged 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.
He also paced his North Harbour squad to the finals of the Under 19 Men’s Championship, where he scored 42 points in a one-point loss and was named to the all-tournament team in 2012.
Most of Webster's acclaim has been 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 competition on the senior national team. He averaged 13.5 points per game in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament, while shooting 52.5 percent from the field, including 62.5 percent from three-point range. 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 made his debut with the New Zealand team at 17 years old and 35 days, which was the youngest player to ever make the New Zealand National Team in a major world tournament (previous mark was 19 years and 299 days by former Wisconsin star Kirk Penny in the 2000 Sydney Olympics). 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, he also played volleyball at Westlake Boys High School.
Webster selected Nebraska over Pittsburgh, Virginia, Wake Forest, St. Mary’s, LSU and SMU.
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 is a member of New Zealand's national team. 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 has not declared a major at Nebraska.