Then & Now: Bruce Chubick
Compiled By Dave Brandon (Photo
Courtesy NU Media Relations)
Chubick was a four year letterwinner for Nebraska from
1991-1994, and along with Eric Piatkowski, holds the
distinction of playing in four NCAA tournaments.
Bruce recently joined Husker Hoops Central for an
exclusive look at his life, both then and now.
HHC: Bruce, thanks a lot for taking
some time out and updating us on your life.
BC: No problem. The update may be kind
of boring, though. I've already done most of the
HHC: You had some amazing
accomplishments while on the floor at Nebraska, but
before we get into that, tell us how in the world you
balanced winning on the court with making three
consecutive Phillips 66 All-Big Eight Academic
BC: My dad is a coach, and like every
other kid on the planet, my dream was to play
professional sports. My dad was a big proponent of
having a "Plan B", so to speak. His argument was always
that you should work towards your dreams, but that
accidents can happen to anyone. Therefore, he really
stressed getting good grades. If I wasn't pulling my
weight in the classroom, I was pretty much resigned to
hearing about it at home. I wanted to make sure I had as
few of those conversations as possible.
HHC: What were your favorite classes at
UNL, anyway? And since you’re a History major, History
BC: Actually, I had several. I had an
excellent professor for Military History. The professor
conducted the class like a narrative and he painted an
excellent picture with his words. I also had a
Shakespeare class that I enjoyed as well as a Hemingway
and Fitzgerald course (English was my minor) and I had
an excellent Spanish instructor named Marie Blair.
HHC: Nice...Now, onto the court - a lot
of people remember you as a warrior on the glass, as you
averaged 7.3 rebounds per game your senior season...
However, many forget that your offensive game really
developed by your last season, as you were third on the
team in scoring at 11.7 per game. What made the
difference in your offensive game developing as your
career moved on?
BC: I always had the capability to
score. I was always asked by people who knew my game why
I didn't shoot more throughout my career, and the best
answer I can give is that it wasn't really my role to
look to score a lot during my career. My modus operandi
has always been about winning. I wanted to do whatever
it took to win games. If my coach didn't feel like my
role was to score points, I needed either to accept that
role or find a new school, I guess.
HHC: To remind us of what era you
played in, and no, we're not trying to date you, name
some of the better players you ever played with and
BC: I played with and against a lot of
great players. I guarded Byron Houston, Chris Webber,
Jawon Howard, Bryant Reeves, Greg Ostertag and Julius
Michalik from Iowa St. I played with some great players,
too. Some of the names were Beau Reid, Clifford Scales,
Rich King, Carl Hayes, Derrick Chandler, Eric Piatkowski,
Jamar Johnson, Jaron Boone, Terrance Badgett, Eric
Strickland and Keith Moody. There were a lot of other
names, but those are probably some of the names your
readers are most familiar with.
HHC: A lot of great names from the
past...Hey, speaking of Eric Piatkowski, you and him are
the only two players in Nebraska history to have both
played in four NCAA tournaments. What was that like?
BC: When we took our on-campus visit to
Nebraska, there was this anticipation and hopefulness
that I think Eric, myself, and a third recruit by the
name of Jamie Cole could feel. Nebraska has always been
and probably always will be, all about the football
team, but there was this sense that the people wanted to
see a winner in one of the other typically high-revenue
sports. When we were able to reach the tournament in
each of our years, it was a special feeling, however, it
is tainted for me by the fact that we were never able to
win a game there.
HHC: Now be honest, how many times have
you gone back and watched those ill-fated games, and in
retrospect, what do you think made Nebraska "choke" to a
BC: I don't think that "choke" would be
a relevant term for all of those teams. I think we did
choke to a large degree when I was a freshman. We were
seeded 3 and lost to the 14 seed, Xavier. We were
outmanned the next two trips against UConn and New
Mexico St. The final appearance against Pennsylvania
wasn't so much a choke as it was a bunch of guys trying
to supersede their roles. If we could have put
selfishness aside as we had the prior week when we won
the Big 8 Tournament, I think we would have won that
game. Keep in mind, though, that Philadelphia is only 3
hours from the site of where the game was played, in
Long Island. That made it feel like a road game as it
was a very pro-Penn crowd. Also, that team had two
future NBA players in Jerome Allen and Matt Maloney.
HHC: Sorry to bring back bad
memories...On a positive note, and outside of the NCAA
Tournament, what are your best memories of playing
basketball at Nebraska?
BC: Winning the Big 8 Tournament would
have to be first as it was an unprecedented
accomplishment and has never been matched since. We had
a last second win against Michigan St. on a Beau Reid
jump shot as time expired during my freshman season. We
never lost to Kansas at home and we won 7 out of 8 games
against Iowa St. during my playing years.
HHC: How many of your past teammates do
you still stay in touch with, and when is the last team
you spoke with Danny Nee?
BC: I see Terrence Badgett and Keith
Moody on an almost weekly basis and I spoke to Eric
Piatkowski about three years ago. It is tough because he
is gone most of the calendar year. Coach Nee and I
haven't had any contact in the last 4-5 years.
HHC: Very nice...Don't worry, almost
done, but before we go, we need to get an update on
you... First, the last many of us heard of you in 1994,
you were playing professional basketball overseas. How
long did that go on for, and where did it take you?
BC: I played professionally for 8
years. Seven were spent overseas in Belgium, Portugal,
and Israel, and one was spent playing in Omaha for the
now defunct Racers organization.
HHC: And since this is called "Then &
Now," we should probably ask that - what is Bruce
Chubick doing these days, both personally and
BC: I have a seven year-old son named Trey
and I have been married to my wife, Wendy, for 10 years
this July. I work for Security National Bank in Omaha.
HHC: Sounds like everything is going
well in your neck of the woods - Hey, if you don't mind,
we'd love to give our readers a chance to correspond
with you and say hello. Would you be interested in
taking some e-mails at
BC: Yes. That would be fine.
HHC: Great, our readers can send you
e-mails either through here or on our Contact Us page.
Thank you for spending some time with us, and we hope
you feel honored to be the first former player
interviewed on Husker Hoops Central.
BC: It's my pleasure. I hope that people