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  1. Kevin sent me his list and I did a bit of a deeper dive into it last month if anybody here happens to subscribe to Hail Varsity. https://hailvarsity.com/s/9422/history-of-division-ii-to-division-i-transfers-at-the-high-major-level
  2. Jack Dotzler is Josiah Dotzler's cousin, not brother (they don't even pronounce their names the same way; funny story there). He's headed to Morningside to play basketball. Josiah is one of the top few prospects in the state in 2023 along with Brennon Clemmons Jr., Tate Odvody (was Elkhorn South, now at Omaha Westside) and Rylan Smith (Lincoln Southwest), though he's also old for his grade.
  3. If we're talking pure run-jump athleticism, Stevenson is probably the only one who can compete with Akol. Banton is more skilled and longer, but I think Akol is probably more explosive. That was the least meaningful part of he comment, though, and it wasn't meant to speak to his spot on the depth chart at all. Obviously the coaches aren't going to publicly say he's not good enough and has a terrible attitude, but Gates spoke highly of how Arop is handling this season and what he's bringing to the locker room. Anybody who watched him play before signing knew he was going to be a project to play at that level, especially in Hoiberg's system. Fred saw enough to accept his commitment, however, whereas he pushed almost everybody out like Penitent pointed out. There's a decent chance Akol doesn't finish his career at Nebraska like there is with any player these days, but I don't think him failing to crack the top 8-9 right now means he'll never be able to play.
  4. When Armon Gates filled in on the Husker Hoops Show, he said Akol is the only forward they've got eligible that has elite Big Ten athleticism. Gates said he wasn't worried at all about Akol's attitude. He said he's a great glue and locker room guy and that he's buying into his role.
  5. Wal's always been talented but it never translated to consistent, efficient production. It looks like he's finally turned a corner this season. He's got a D-II offer but that's all right now. I'm guessing he's headed for the junior college route. Oh, and Tim Miles still likes him.
  6. Drake was his first D-I offer, in April of 2018. Ole Miss was his first high-major offer, in August. Then Creighton, then Iowa State, then Nebraska all in the span of 9-10 days in late August/early September. Then the rest of the offers started flooding in this past summer.
  7. Obviously things can always change, but I talked to Thor at media day about this. He said he probably thought about going home when Miles first got fired (he didn't have any interest in transferring elsewhere and redshirting) but that went away after he talked with Hoiberg. How important is the school part?
  8. He's listed at 6' on Ranger's website and that tracks with the height in the story from when he committed to Ranger (I believe it was 185 centimeters which is just over 6'). For some reason, Ranger only has box scores for 7 of their 11 games, and they also included a game with a box score full of zeroes in the player averages. In those 7 games with stats, Tominaga is averaging 17.2 points, I believe. I've looked at 21 stat lines from FIBA U16, U18 and JUCO play. He's 65-158 (41.1%) from 3 and has five assists (with 11 turnovers). Straight gunner.
  9. They also have Kwat Abdelkarim, a 2021 guard/wing who has gotten a bit of mid-major interest after a good summer with the Iowa Barnstormers. Should have a much bigger role with them than he did last year as a sophomore (I thought he was underutilized then anyway).
  10. I didn't get to see any of the five-on-five work but Derek Peterson mentioned he saw Banton initiating offense with a group featuring Kavas and Stevenson as the frontcourt. Lot of versatility with this roster and we could end up seeing some odd lineups. Banton's got a lot of work to do with that jumper before he can be truly effective as an initiator though.
  11. He's definitely put on some mass since the end of the high school season.
  12. Hunter may have to play some point guard for MN this year, but that's not his natural position at all. He's an off-guard, or even better a wing if he keeps growing.
  13. That is correct. Carl Brown is the one who hit the shot for Westside, which came right after Porter scored the go-ahead bucket for MN. I was at that game. Donovan did hit the game-winner at Kearney in the district final.
  14. She's heading to Northwest Missouri State. Her name's Jayna.
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