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      “Derrick is a physical player who gives us skill and versatility in the post. He has played in big games over the last two years, and his experience will be an asset for us with so many newcomers on the roster.” - Coach Fred Hoiberg

       

      Kansas City, MO native Derrick Walker will transfer and sit out a redshirt year at Nebraska after playing two seasons for Rick Barnes at Tennessee. After a promising freshman year Walker saw his playing time decrease and decided to enter the transfer portal on May 1st. Two weeks later after an unpublicized visit to Nebraska, Walker committed to the Huskers in part because of his long time relationship with Nebraska assistant Matt Abdelmassih.  Abdelmassih and St. John's were one of the finalists the first time around after Walker finished his postgrad year at Sunrise Christian Academy. Prior to his two years at the Kansas Prep school he was a two star athlete at Raytown High school where he also starred as a wide receiver at the former high school of Tyronn Lue.

       

      Walker clocks in at 6'8" 235# and his size and lack of perimeter shooting should slot him as a center for Nebraska. The noted rebounder and verbal leader will have a year to work on his offense and physicality while acting as a mentor and measuring stick for the Huskers young post players.

     

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    2 minutes ago, Norm Peterson said:

    This one mystifies me. We don’t need a sit-out big. We need an immediately-eligible, experienced big, like a senior transfer who doesn’t take away a spot from a 2020 recruit and who can hold down the fort while our two freshmen get acclimated. But, y’know, what do I know?

    Add in the commitment of Samari Curtis and both Yvan Ouedraogo/Kevin Cross and color me confused. But in Hoiberg we trust!

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    14 minutes ago, BmoreRed said:

    Anyone think that the media was left in the dark on these last couple visits after the washut blunder? Neither Samari Curtis nor Walker were reported to have visited. Just a theory

    Good theory, but then again, I struggle thinking that a new staff would take that approach.  Closing out members of the press would create a deadly game of roulette.

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    14 hours ago, BmoreRed said:

    Anyone think that the media was left in the dark on these last couple visits after the washut blunder? Neither Samari Curtis nor Walker were reported to have visited. Just a theory

     

    That was probably part of it.

    Walker most likely drove in.

    Curtis was some ninja level stuff.

     

    Some of it probably depended on Roby and you have to assume that he has informed them he will not be coming back.  I'd bet his individual workouts went really well with a team.

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    19 hours ago, Art Vandalay said:

    Read some articles from Barnes and he loved the kids potential. Seemed he had trouble getting him to consistently fill his role which lead to the low PT. Hopefully Fred and team can help him reach his potential as he looks the part physically. Redshirt year should help I would hope

     

    FWIW Barnes was surprised he was transferring so this wasn't some deal where they Tennessee wanted him to leave so they could pull in someone else.

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    On 5/15/2019 at 12:53 PM, 49r said:

    Also, @Searching 4 Chester Surles will be pleased to note the profile picture he has up now on twitter:  https://twitter.com/derric__k

     

    Yeah, you can totally see the theme in the @HuskerHoops LOI announcements. Both Samari and Derrick are on the flex train in their official signing tweets.

     

    Hopefully it means the staff is gassing them up about being a toughass team in the B10.

     

    ???

     

     

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    On 5/15/2019 at 7:53 PM, BmoreRed said:

    Anyone think that the media was left in the dark on these last couple visits after the washut blunder? Neither Samari Curtis nor Walker were reported to have visited. Just a theory

     

    Yes

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