Adjustment period

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Nebraska freshman Tai Webster says he's adjusting to life in the states.

LINCOLN, Neb. - After arriving to Lincoln in July, Nebraska freshman Tai Webster says he feels like he's adjusting to not only life in the states, but college basketball.

"It was a struggle in the beginning," said Webster. "My sleep patterns were all different, it was just a whole different life-style.

"The athleticism of the guys out here is better, everyone is faster, everyone can seem to jump. I'm used to a slower style, where you can take your time to set things up. When I first got here, it felt like everyone was playing 100 miles per hour."

A learning curve is expected, but Nebraska fans have likely something to look forward to in Webster, who played on New Zealand's national team at just 17-years old. His 13.5 points per game in the 2012 FIBA World Olympic Qualifying Tournament has most experts feeling he could be an instant impact at the college level – which has immediately made fans expectations for the freshman go sky high.

"It's crazy. I'm trying to keep a cool head and stay low," said Webster. "I'm looking to stay in my lane, and do what I do well. I'm not looking to impress anyone. I just want to help the team. "

As far as helping the team, Webster says it will likely happen at the point guard spot.

"I will be handling the ball more," said Webster, who's played a lot of off-guard the past few years. "I can see myself playing the off-guard off as well, but really it's what the coaches want from me."

To get help at the point guard spot, Webster first leans on Deverell Biggs, a junior college transfer who has yet to play a single-minute, but has been inside the program for over a year.

"He's seen it all. He watched them last year and knows what needs to be done," said Webster. "He's a great play himself and knows what he's supposed to do when he's playing."

Most recently Webster played for the Waikato Pistons in the National Basketball League of New Zealand. He averaged 18.5 points, 3.9 rebounds, and 4.4 assists per game as the youngest player in the league.

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