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    Alexis Markowski named Big Ten Freshman of the Year

    Add 'National Freshman of the Week'  (See Posts on 1/11/22)

    (and B1G Freshman of the Week for the 4th time,  (see Posts on 1/17/22)

    NOW, Big Ten Freshman of the YEAR!   (see Posts on 3/1/22)

     

    Alexis Markowski named Freshman of the Week :Clap::Clap::Clap: ; Jaz Shelley Honorable Mention!!! :nod:
     

    https://huskers.com/news/2021/11/29/womens-basketball-markowski-named-big-ten-freshman-of-the-week.aspx

     

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    Markowski is Nebraska's first Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week honoree since Sam Haiby captured the award on Feb. 4, 2019.

     

    Markowski, a 6-3 forward/center out of Lincoln Pius X High School, averaged 6.0 points and 8.0 rebounds in 15 minutes per game off the bench for the Big Red in a pair of wins at The Dana on Mission Bay Holiday Tournament in San Diego (Nov. 26-27). She closed the tournament with seven points and seven rebounds to go with her first career assist and a blocked shot in 14 minutes in a championship game win over the host Toreros. 

     

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    Shelley erupted for 30 points on 8-of-9 shooting (6-7 3FG) against Drexel (Nov. 26). She added seven rebounds and a career-high four blocked shots in the 65-53 win over the Dragons. Shelley followed with 15 points and a career-high four steals in a 64-56 win over San Diego (Nov. 27). She hit 5-of-8 three-point attempts against the Toreros.

    Shelley earned her first Big Ten Weekly Honor Roll spot (Nov. 22) after producing just the fourth triple-double in Nebraska history with 14 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists in a win over North Carolina Central (Nov. 20).

     




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    2 new 6'5''+ posts coming in next year. 

     
     
    Which two? I know about Mendleson but haven't heard of another.

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    I have followed Alexis's career for quite awhile.  She will be the go to person the rest of this year and the rest of her career.  She's just starting out and with her dedication on and off the court her ceiling is pretty high.

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    2 hours ago, HUD said:

    I have followed Alexis's career for quite awhile.  She will be the go to person the rest of this year and the rest of her career.  She's just starting out and with her dedication on and off the court her ceiling is pretty high.

    Improvement so far this year, is noticeable.  The way she keeps her arms high, stays vertical while rebounding and shooting, is impressive.

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    1 hour ago, 12dozen said:

    Do you have any info on Popa? She definitely has the length and pedigree. 

    So with Markowski, Mendlesson, Popa, Stewart and Cravens as posts. Who playing and who will leave.

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    29 minutes ago, Fastbreaker said:

    So with Markowski, Mendlesson, Popa, Stewart and Cravens as posts. Who playing and who will leave.

    The way Amy splits minutes, why would anyone leave?  Aren't these ladies covering forward and post positions? It might take Mendelson time to adjust to the college game. Popa might be a work in progress.  I think Izzie and Bella graduate in a year. I'm hoping it is just good depth, competition.  

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    The way they have it planned is for Mendelson to practice with the BB team during the summer and then switch to volleyball once regular VB practice starts.  She will then take a little time off like 2 weeks or so and then join the BB team and be there for most of the conference season.  We have good competition this year but could ramp up to great next year.  Plus you can always have injury raise it's ugly head.  

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    2 hours ago, 12dozen said:

    The way Amy splits minutes, why would anyone leave?  Aren't these ladies covering forward and post positions? It might take Mendelson time to adjust to the college game. Popa might be a work in progress.  I think Izzie and Bella graduate in a year. I'm hoping it is just good depth, competition.  

    They are all posts. Which ones play forward. 

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    23 minutes ago, Fastbreaker said:

    They are all posts. Which ones play forward. 

    Mendelson isn't here yet, and will be part time when she gets here, and Popa is red shirting, so who knows where coach will play them.  Markowski is a true post. Craven has been listed as Forward and Stewart subs in for Bella, Izzie, or Markowski.  Not sure why you 'pigeon hole' them all as posts.   Are you suggesting only one of the five will play at a time?

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    51 minutes ago, Fastbreaker said:

    They are all posts. Which ones play forward. 

    I just took a look at the WBB roster at huskers.com.   Popa and Markowski are listed as C/F.  Stewart and Cravens are listed as Forwards. 

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    15 hours ago, 12dozen said:

    I just took a look at the WBB roster at huskers.com.   Popa and Markowski are listed as C/F.  Stewart and Cravens are listed as Forwards. 

    Sure, ...just speculation for the future...but....with all the length coming in it's conceivable Stewart could just play the forward just as a shooting 4 

     

    Not much known about the skill level of Popa, but from what I've seen she's a 5.  Mendelson is an active 4 combo... 5.  But we'll see...a lot of guessing about next year. Lot's of water to go under the bridge before then.

     

    But have to remember, like said, Mendelson will not be a factor until volleyball is over., and will only play a shortened basketball season. But having seen her play, she will be a big actor come tourney time.

     

     

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    On 1/12/2022 at 8:50 AM, Tom Jones said:

     

     

    20 hours ago, 12dozen said:

    The way Amy splits minutes, why would anyone leave?  Aren't these ladies covering forward and post positions? It might take Mendelson time to adjust to the college game. Popa might be a work in progress.  I think Izzie and Bella graduate in a year. I'm hoping it is just good depth, competition.  

    Issy is a junior with 2 yrs left because of the COVID year, and Bella is a senior who could play 1 more if she wants to.  So everybody could be back plus Mendelson and Popa. 

     

    Amy plays 2 bigs, lets not call them posts for now, in every offensive set. Right now the big slots are being filled by Issy, Bella, AM, Anni, and Coley. With one player hurt it works really well, but 5 players for 2 spots is too many. Sometimes the big's job is to go outside and set a screen or or be at the top for ball reversal, so there is nobody that just stays on the low post, and this why they all get some 3 pt and high post opportunities. There is no distinction between a center and a forward....just 2 bigs at all times. 

     

    Now, why would anyone leave? Top players are not happy playing 20 minutes a game when they can go to say, Michigan, and play 35.  Do any of the top players in the B10 play only the 20 minutes Alexis, Issy, and Bella get? Even Sam is only at 25. If they continue to win they will accept it for sure, but if they don't it can lead to problems.  Indiana plays 7, Michigan plays 8, Maryland plays 7, Iowa plays 7....is it coincidence or a reason they keep their top players and are so successful. 

     

     

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    Markowski Claims Fourth B1G Honor

    https://huskers.com/news/2022/1/17/womens-basketball-markowski-claims-fourth-b1g-honor.aspx

     

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    Nebraska's Alexis Markowski captured her fourth Big Ten Freshman-of-the-Week award of the season, when the conference announced its weekly honors for women's basketball on Monday, Jan. 17.

    Markowski, a 6-3 forward/center out of Lincoln Pius X High School, erupted for a career-high 27 points on a career-best 6-of-7 three-point shooting to lead Nebraska at Iowa on Sunday afternoon. Markowski, who entered the contest 4-of-7 from three-point range on the season, went 4-for-4 from beyond the arc in the first 10 minutes at Iowa on her way to 16 first-quarter points..........She finished the game with 27 points on 10-of-12 shooting while adding four rebounds and two steals. 
     

     

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    no doubt she is on her way............maybe Sellers from Maryland or Ekh from Michigan St are in the running?not sure who else.

    Edited by whoopdeedoo

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    On 1/15/2022 at 4:50 PM, redsteve said:

    But have to remember, like said, Mendelson will not be a factor until volleyball is over., and will only play a shortened basketball season. But having seen her play, she will be a big actor come tourney time.

     

    aaaaaaand.....i think it's fair to keep in mind just how tough it is to play 2 sports at this level---and if she would happen to make the decision at some point during her career to concentrate on one sport, we know it's going to be volleyball (i'm pretty sure she has even stated that is her strength). can't remember her name, but, the Arizona recruit from ND who wanted to play both sports decided to concentrate on bb. she did mention she wouldn't count out playing vb again, but, for now she is just playing bb. 

     

    not trying to be a downer....the possibility will be there. who knows, maybe she ends up playing both through her career. it's going to be interesting and enjoy the ride. 

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    18 minutes ago, whoopdeedoo said:

    aaaaaaand.....i think it's fair to keep in mind just how tough it is to play 2 sports at this level---and if she would happen to make the decision at some point during her career to concentrate on one sport, we know it's going to be volleyball (i'm pretty sure she has even stated that is her strength). can't remember her name, but, the Arizona recruit from ND who wanted to play both sports decided to concentrate on bb. she did mention she wouldn't count out playing vb again, but, for now she is just playing bb. 

     

    not trying to be a downer....the possibility will be there. who knows, maybe she ends up playing both through her career. it's going to be interesting and enjoy the ride. 

    Volleyball may be her strength but basketball pays better

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    28 minutes ago, whoopdeedoo said:

    aaaaaaand.....i think it's fair to keep in mind just how tough it is to play 2 sports at this level---and if she would happen to make the decision at some point during her career to concentrate on one sport, we know it's going to be volleyball (i'm pretty sure she has even stated that is her strength). can't remember her name, but, the Arizona recruit from ND who wanted to play both sports decided to concentrate on bb. she did mention she wouldn't count out playing vb again, but, for now she is just playing bb. 

     

    not trying to be a downer....the possibility will be there. who knows, maybe she ends up playing both through her career. it's going to be interesting and enjoy the ride. 

     

    She has stated her overall goal is to make an Olympic team. And Nebraska is the place to be, to get there...in volleyball. Yes, she loves basketball too, and wants to give them both a go. Volleyball here s pretty demanding. Time will tell how she can balance it all out.

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    1 hour ago, redsteve said:

     

    She has stated her overall goal is to make an Olympic team. And Nebraska is the place to be, to get there...in volleyball. Yes, she loves basketball too, and wants to give them both a go. Volleyball here s pretty demanding. Time will tell how she can balance it all out.

    no doubt..........Cook must see a special talent to allow an athlete to play 2 sports. i thought he would really struggle recruiting someone that had aspirations to do so. pretty sure coach williams tried to recruit the ND player...not sure if Cook entered the picture at all.

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