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Eemeli Yalaho would be an ideal fit for Nebraska Basketball



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Eemeli Yalaho is part of the 2023 class and if Nebraska basketball was able to land his commitment it would be a great addition long term.

You have to give Nebraska basketball head coach Fred Hoiberg a lot of credit for how he re-tooled the Huskers roster so far this offseason.

We are still awaiting to hear from Keisei Tominaga, but after he wasn’t invited to the NBA Draft combine or the G-League camp, it’s not likely that he will get selected. He’s probably not even viewed by scouts as a top-100 prospect.

Tominaga can dramatically improve his stock with another season, and even if he stayed with the pro option, I’m sure he would be signed by a G-League team or even an NBA team looking to sign someone to a two-way contract.

Yet, hopefully, the path for next season is Nebraska basketball. And on that note, the Huskers could be adding another piece for next season, via the 2023 class as they are hosting Eemeli Yalaho for an official visit this weekend.

The 6-foot-8 forward is from Finland and played on the Finland national team at the FIBA B Division Tournament last summer, making a good impression on scouts.

Yalaho averaged 8.4 points and 4.1 rebounds, as well as more than two assists in the series, and then joined the Western Reserve program, spending the last season playing in Ohio.

The three-star prospect in the 2023 class according to the rankings but is unranked in the 247 Sports composite rankings. However, he’s gotten offers from Providence, Georgetown, and Texas Tech. He’s also visiting the Red Raiders next.

Yalaho would be a great piece for Nebraska basketball

The Huskers have two scholarships available even if there probably isn’t a ton of room for minutes next season. Yalaho could have a shot to play some at the 3/4 spot. But his long-term development is probably the best thing.

Yalaho looks like a guy that could eventually start for Nebraska. Hoiberg is likely selling his NBA history as well.  Yalaho did shoot 37 percent from deep in the first division in Finland in 2021-22 and would be a great fit for the system Nebraska uses.

Nebraska likes to run a lot of ball screens and it would be great to have another pick-and-pop option. He’s also a guy that could play the 3/4 sort of like Juwan Gary. The Huskers could use more depth at that position next season and Yalaho would add even more depth to the frontcourt, as well as another shooter.

Essentially, he would take the spot vacated by Wilhelm Breidenbach and if the Huskers were able to get his commitment, I’d be all for it.

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Chris has worked in sports journalism since 2005 writing for multiple newspapers and websites such as the Bleacher Report and Fansided before starting Husker Big Red, A fan site for hardcore followers of the #Huskers offering articles, podcasts, videos and more exclusive content on all things Nebraska