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  1. One thing that we need to remind ourselves is that part of coaching is just that, actually coaching basketball skills. We seem to get lost in thinking that Player A did this at his last school so that is exactly what he is and he can't be a different or better player for Nebraska and for Fred Hoiberg. Brice Williams was a 6th man. At Charlotte. He averaged 13.8 / 5.3 / 1.2 playing against AAC competition. He averaged 13.4 / 5.5 / 2.5 at Nebraska starting every game and playing in the Big Ten. Essentially you could say a guy whose role was Charlotte's 6th man in 2022-23 was arguably Nebraska's best and most important player in 2023-24 on the the best team we've had in a longggg time. He had more assists this season than he did in 3 years at Charlotte. No one last year would have been saying this guy would be doing all that. Rienk Mast shot 122 treys for us last year when his previous season totals were 92, 95, 68. Mast had 95 assists when his previous season totals were 37, 44, 70. He was more of an outside threat and distributor at Nebraska than he ever was at Bradley. Keisei Tominaga was not really a very good player for the first 1.5 years of his Nebraska career. Until Fred unlocked him and then he transformed his game into being a scorer both inside and out and getting to the free throw line. If you remember to 2021-22, he was not that whatsoever. Fred Hoiberg is our basketball coach. The Big Ten Coach of the Year and National Coach of the Year. He is by all accounts an offensive genius. Our system and sets immediately put our players in a better situation than they have probably ever been in in their lives. The difference between last year and previous years is he stopped just taking the highest rated player they could get or biggest name they could get and instead actually found skillsets that would complement each other and make for a tough, good team. I will give him the benefit of the doubt that the players he is bringing in is because he sees something in them that he can bring out.
    21 points
  2. People said we need to be more athletic like A&M. Well we just got a little closer.
    20 points
  3. My man, we used a scholarship on Blaise Keita and Ramel Lloyd and we still had guys transfer out because they were unhappy with lack of playing time. Mast is now our 5th guy on scholarship in 2025-26. In terms of scholarship usage, this is a no-brainer.
    17 points
  4. I usually like Dirk's writing. I think he's completely wrong about this take. Among the accolades arriving: Essegian - All Big 10 Freshman Morgan - All Summit Second Team Meah - All Pac 12 Defensive Team Worster - Stat stuffer at 9/5/5 in the Pac 12 Griffiths - Freak specimen and Top 50 out of HS who showed major flashes as a TFr Janowski - Top 25 SG out of HS Frager - Top in-state prospect That's a ridiculous haul already to go along with Brice and Juwan. To me it's obvious we're gaining a lot more than we lost. I really don't get the cynicism at this point.
    12 points
  5. hhcmatt

    Recruiting Freshmen

    This is easy. You recruit HS kids so that you have a better chance to land them on their 2nd-5th stop.
    11 points
  6. That the World Herald staff writers are just a collection of Creighton bitches.
    10 points
  7. Swan88

    2024 Portal Watch

    Sorry. I don't get the angst--at all. Would everyone feel better if we landed a five star? Then, this guy should get us excited: "Ranked No. 30 in the country by Rivals, No. 36 by ESPN, and No. 39 by ON3," "Ranked as a five-star recruit in January of 2023," and "Tabbed as the No. 1 player in the state of Connecticut by 247 Sports." Would everyone feel better if we landed someone who has already achieved highly in the B1G? Then, this guy should get us excited: "2023 Big Ten All-Freshman team honoree … Played in all 35 games, starting the final 19 games in his debut season … Averaged 11.7 points, 2.0 3-pointers per game and 27.3 minutes per game." Would everyone feel better if we landed a point guard with multiple years of Power 5 success? Then, this guy should get us excited: "Started in all 30 games in his second year," "2.61 A/TO ratio . . . ranks 2nd in the Pac-12 and 30th overall in the NCAA," and "Averaged 8.6 points, 5.2 rebounds and 5.0 assists." Or, remember from last year when Allick committed . . . that was grounds for angst. But those grounds proved false. Edit addition: The desperation NIL money that's floating around, in these late portal days, is insane. It's not sustainable and is going to damage the teams that are doing it.
    10 points
  8. kldm64

    Braxton Meah is N

    I'm hearing that Washington center Braxton Meah will be committing to Nebraska. He is 7' 1" and 250. Would be a solid pickup for 1 year. View full article
    9 points
  9. I think it’s all quite a bit overblown. Obaseki had the game of his career against Nebraska. We played just as athletic (and just much better) guards than him throughout the year. But Worster and Ulis will absolutely upgrade the perimeter defense. They significantly upgrade the length and physical strength of our backcourt. Worster was Utah’s best defender. I don’t think there’s anything deceptive about his athleticism. He looks like an outside linebacker. Ulis is a very good athlete and was Iowa’s best defender his junior year. Theres a lot more that goes into it than just having elite athleticism. Do you realize none of the guards in the national championship game would be capable of guarding good players according to your criteria? Newton, Spencer, Smith, Loyer, Jones. None of those players are even close to being elite athletes. Nebraska had a pretty darn good defense last year despite the limitations of Keisei and CJ, and not having any semblance of a rim protector. And on paper, the defense looks like it’ll be much improved next year.
    9 points
  10. hhcmatt

    Braxton Meah is N

    If nothing else, instead of hiding our worst defender in the paint we could hide an elite shot blocker in there
    9 points
  11. 9 points
  12. Chuck Taylor

    2024 Portal Watch

    11 hours without a post on the board.
    9 points
  13. We should get the guy with the knee brace that's guarding him
    9 points
  14. Derrick Walker is a coach on Bynum's EYBL team this summer
    9 points
  15. hhcmatt

    Justin Bolis is N

    Bolis is a Lincoln native and went to HS at Lincoln High. Had a nice year at Southeast CC where he averaged 15.5 ppg and 8.7 rpg Clocks in at 6'9" View full article
    8 points
  16. hhcmatt

    2024 Portal Watch

    They've known about Mast this entire time
    8 points
  17. This is the late developing guy that normally goes to a small school and becomes really good. Then we wonder why we can’t get someone like him. Hope he develops and it works in our favor this time.
    8 points
  18. That was my exact same thought. And now two hours later I won't be able to live without him!
    8 points
  19. hhcmatt

    2024 Portal Watch

    Istanbul not constant-novski
    7 points
  20. Vinny

    2024 Portal Watch

    Fred Hoiberg when you tell him the player is left-handed.
    7 points
  21. Man I'm super excited about his potential. Can work on the block, can attack off closeouts, and has good IQ for a 4. He can bounce down to the 5, which can create some interesting lineups in game also. Biggest concern is getting his confidence and shooting back to where it should be. If he does, he's a walking mismatch. Defense I have questions about, but having a natural rim protector behind him, and a bulldog in Gary will help
    7 points
  22. I'm happy to, JimmyKc. It is a poem from the great Carl Sandburg. Even though sport brings us together it is nice to be able to stretch a bit. The poem is accessed in the link below. https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poetrymagazine/browse?contentId=40527
    7 points
  23. With the reasons you state I go the other way with it. Mostly due to NIL. With his age, the injury, and rehab I would think he's MORE likely to stay 2 years. Gonna have to prove the knees good before you sign that 1st big pro contract. So we have to worry about another program offering a bag of cash to him after he's sat out a year? Probably not. But I bet the NIL collective here takes care of him. No knowledge just a hunch. Will he want to prove his knee is good in a system he's already been in for two years with coaches he knows and a role that's already well defined? Probably.
    7 points
  24. Fred has been much better recruiting fit over flash. Call me crazy, but I Much prefer this class to 5 stars and flashy transfers. I guess the disclaimer to that is we get another starter caliber 4 in the portal (which we will).
    7 points
  25. Could anyone beat Nebraska in a 3 on 3 walk-on tournament? NO
    7 points
  26. I'd be disappointed with our University if we did not let this happen. This was perhaps one of the worst kept secrets as well. This news simply confirms what has been floating about for several weeks. Here is hoping and praying that surgery and recovery goes well.
    7 points
  27. Pleasantly surprised by the rebounding rates from Essigian over the last couple of years. Will easily be a plus over Keisei or CJ in that department. Not entirely sure what Griffiths brings in that department because of how dominant Cliff was there.
    7 points
  28. 6 points
  29. 49r

    2024 Portal Watch

    Today we learned that @Chuck Taylor is unapologetically pedantic, which fits pretty well with the overall ethos of Husker Hoops Central, IMO.
    6 points
  30. Just you wait until I win one of those billion dollar Powerballs!
    6 points
  31. 8 seed again? Is this the right place to file my official complaint that the program is stagnating?
    6 points
  32. In one of Berke’s highlights I saw him shoot imaginary arrows into the crowd after a made shot and it gave me nightmares
    6 points
  33. I think Worster and Morgan start.
    6 points
  34. Appears we are making him a priority. Robin says keep your eyes on this one.
    6 points
  35. 6 points
  36. Yeah that’s about as good as it gets as a walk on.
    6 points
  37. I hit up the Husker’s Instagram account & said “Let’s Win that B1G Title Big Fella” & the first person to give me a LIKE was Braxton Meah…! #GBR
    6 points
  38. hhcmatt

    2024 Portal Watch

    OMG, I am literally laugh crying right now
    6 points
  39. hhcmatt

    Braxton Meah is N

    2023-24 Dunk/Dunk Attempt Numbers Meah - 51-55 Nebraska - 36-43
    6 points
  40. That thing where your athletic department schedules a basketball game during a Nebraska football game and your fans complain about it.
    6 points
  41. Silverbacked1

    2024 Portal Watch

    That how I dated in college
    6 points
  42. Between the shooting ability and possibly the defensive issues, guy most likely to get the side eye from Brice this season
    6 points
  43. 5 points
  44. lang

    2024 Portal Watch

    Yea dudes, RE my post from earlier this morn…my brother sent me a text at 6:41 AM from the SA airport. He saw this tall dude in line with clearly “husker” shorts on ( black with the red “N”). He asked if this guy was a NU recruit or something and that he was departing SA to somewhere. Given that Berke apparently hadn’t committed to BYU, I was pretty excited about where I thought he was hopefully headed. The “N” shorts were certainly noteworthy as well. And now Robin confirms he’s here ? Here’s to hoping this all goes to the desired outcome. Buddy of mine from work asked me to send him the pic ( which I did). He said the hoops fans over at Rivals were pretty excited about Berke and I wondered if he would post that pic over there. I feel a bit creepy putting that pic up online.
    5 points
  45. Vinny

    2024 Portal Watch

    Brice Williams is the Keisei replacement. Essegian is the Wilcher replacement. If you consider both ends of the floor, I would call this an upgrade.
    5 points
  46. Dean Smith

    Braxton Meah is N

    He had bad feet. He always played in pain and the being explosive on the dunk hurt like hell when he landed so not that many dunks. Incredibly skilled player who had a long and productive pro career. still playing in the top Puerto Rico league today at 34.
    5 points
  47. A lot of yall are forgetting what 7’1” with hops looks like, I promise. It’s not 6’9”.
    5 points
  48. I'm guessing Trev put in a good word as far as his character, work ethic, and being a good locker room guy. He seems like a genuinely good kid and I hope he does well in his final year unless we meet up in the tournament again!
    5 points
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