Nebraska basketball standout Keisei Tominaga is back on the court for Japan, plus recruiting updates and more Nebraska Cornhuskers news.
It’s always fun to watch Keisei Tominaga play basketball, even if it’s not for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and on Saturday, Tominaga was back to his old tricks playing for the Japanese national team.
Japan was playing a warmup game for the World Cup of baskeball, which it will host next month. Tominaga is going to be on that team and on Saturday, he was on fire from deep, scoring 12 points in just over 12 minutes of play.
Of course, the Nebraska Cornhuskers standout, who announced in May that he would return to Nebraska baskeball for another season, made four 3-pointers (4/5).
— バスケットボール日本代表 (@JAPAN_JBA) July 8, 2023
One of them was quite eye-opening, as Keisei Tominaga fired the ball up just across the half-court line as he thought he was getting fouled. The shot went in.
No 4-point play? What a shot maker.
— HuskerBR (@HuskerBr) July 8, 2023
Keisei didn’t get the call though and it was just another example of the kind of shot-making Nebraska Cornhuskers fans will get to watch for one more season.
Nebraska football recruiting updates: 2024 EDGE has Nebraska Cornhuskers in top five
There aren’t a ton of recruiting targets left on the board for Nebraska football in the 2024 class. However, the Huskers are still looking for some help at the EDGE position.
Jayshawn Ross is a name Nebraska football fans have come to know. He’s 6-foot-3, 220 pounds and while listed as an athlete, Nebraska football wants him as an EDGE rusher.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers were among the teams that made his top five on Saturday along with Oklahoma, Michigan, Penn State, and Tennessee. The Sooners just hosted Ross for an official visit and feel like the biggest threat for the Kansas City, Missouri prospect.
Oklahoma has an 89.9 percent chance of landing the commitment of Ross according to the On3 prediction machine. However, there is talk about Ross taking an official visit to Nebraska football.
Ross did see the Nebraska Cornhuskers for an unofficial visit this spring and is teammates with Keelan Smith, a Nebraska football commitment in the 2024 class.
So watch out for that official visit in the fall. If that happens, Nebraska football has a chance. If not, then I see Oklahoma getting the talented athlete from KC.
Nebraska Football keeps making a push in Florida
Nebraska football offered a pair of 2026 defensive backs from Florida this week, plus there were a couple of new crystal balls projecting 2024 Florida DB Amare Sanders to Nebraska.
Well, there’s another Florida recruit to know and this one is top-100 wideout Cortez Mills from the 2025 class. He’s out of Homestead, Florida, and is 6-foot-1, 170 pounds. Mills is ranked 15th among wideouts in 2025 as well as ranking 87th overall and he wants to visit Nebraska.
Getting him on campus for an unofficial visit this fall would be a great sign for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, especially if they could parlay that into an official visit next Spring/Summer.
There’s been a bunch of talk about Matt Rhule re-establishing the Texas recruiting pipeline, but Nebraska football is focused plenty on Florida too.
Nebraska Cornhuskers news: Jeff Sims still not 100 percent, a flip attempt, and more
Nebraska football QB Jeff Sims still isn’t 100 percent, plus more Nebraska Cornhuskers news.
One thing we know for sure about the Nebraska football quarterback situation is that we won’t know anything until kickoff on Saturday against Louisiana Tech.
Matt Rhule said that he won’t be making any announcements prior to the game, similar to last week, about the starting quarterback. Marcus Satterfield told reporters on Tuesday that Sims took “50-55 percent of the snaps” so he’s improving, but according to Rhule, he’s still not 100 percent.
Matt Rhule said on Huskers Radio Network that QB Jeff Sims is not yet at 100 percent with QB draws, running the option or scrambling after his ankle injury.
He thought Heinrich Haarberg did a "great" job managing the game vs. NIU, including running the huddle, subs, reads etc.
— Abby Barmore (@Abby_Barmore) September 19, 2023
Rhule indicated that Sims is throwing the ball well. The Nebraska Cornhuskers just want to see some more movement skills out of their starting quarterback. One of the starting quarterbacks I should say since Sims and Heinrich Haarberg were listed as co-starters this week on the depth chart.
We’ll see how it plays out. If Sims is healthy, I expect that he will get the start or at least play, but with how thin Nebraska football is at running back, both quarterbacks will probably be needed, especially with their prowess for pounding the rock.
Nebraska Cornhuskers aiming to flip Michigan State 4-star
Andrew Dennis is a 6-foot-5, 275-pound offensive lineman rated as a four-star prospect by the 247 Sports composite rankings. He’s out of Mt. Pleasant, Michigan, and has been committed to Michigan State since April but Nebraska football is one of many programs to throw out a recent offer.
After an amazing conversation with @s_kwilli32 I am blessed and honored to receive an offer to play football at the University of Nebraska!!!! @CoachMattRhule @AllenTrieu @Rivals_Clint@ESPNRittenberg @TheD_Zone @samspiegs @JimLahde@BernreuterHugh @SamAliSports@BGreenReports pic.twitter.com/9eDm7JkjBW
— Andrew (AJ) Dennis (@andrewdennis_08) September 19, 2023
We don’t know if Dennis has any plans to visit Nebraska football. He’s been offered by Auburn, Stanford, Penn State, and Purdue just since Monday. I wouldn’t get too serious worrying about Dennis until he takes a visit to Nebraska, but if that happens, watch out.
It’s at least a name to keep on the radar and a decommitment definitely seems possible with the situation going on at Michigan State with Mel Tucker getting fired.
Nebraska Cornhuskers Big Ten basketball schedule released
We knew which teams Nebraska basketball would play in the 2023-24 Big Ten season but got the official schedule on Tuesday. The Huskers released it on their official Twitter account.
Go B1G Red.
— Nebraska Men's Basketball (@HuskerMBB) September 19, 2023
Nebraska basketball will open Big Ten on December 6th against Minnesota on the road. Fred Hoiberg’s first conference home game will be against Michigan State on December 10th.
The schedule is fairly balanced in terms of the home and road games. The Huskers have consecutive home games twice on the conference schedule. Nebraska has also back-to-back road games twice.
My first impressions though, are that Nebraska basketball is capable of a winning season in Big Ten play, which would definitely keep Fred Hoiberg in place and likely, would give the Huskers a realistic shot at making their first NCAA tournament since the 2014 season.
Nebraska Cornhuskers news: Matt Rhule runs a tight ship, momentum with Caleb Benning, and more
The Nebraska Cornhuskers opened fall camp on Monday and Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule runs a tight ship, plus a Caleb Benning update, and more.
You got the idea that Nebraska football head coach Matt Rhule was going to take an old-school approach when he announced the Nebraska Cornhuskers would be spending the first two weeks of camp in the dorms.
But on Monday, the old-school approach continued.
Over the weekend, there were tons of rumors circulating among Nebraska football fans on Twitter about Myles Farmer and his status for the 2023 season. As it turns out, he was suspended by coach Rhule.
Rhule didn’t say why, just that Farmer didn’t live up to the standard. Rhule did say it was up to Farmer and his actions in regard to returning to the Nebraska Cornhuskers this season. Farmer started 11 games last season for Nebraska fotoball and was one of the team’s leading tacklers.
Another starting defensive back, Marques Buford is also missing the start of camp due to injury rehab. Omar Brown and Corey Collier will have to step up, but the progress of Farmer will be something to watch.
Nebraska football making an impression on Caleb Benning
It’s clear that Nebraska football is trending up in the recruitment of in-state athlete Caleb Benning. The 5-foot-11, 183-pound defensive back/wide receiver, visited the Huskers again on Monday to take in practice.
All told it was the third unofficial visit of the past week for Benning. He visited early last week when the dead period ended and was also part of the “Cookout” on Sunday when more than 30 Nebraska football recruits were on campus.
In an interview with Steve Marik, Benning has even talked about a potential update to his timeline. He’s been saying that he will announce a commitment in December, but if he decides to commit sooner, I think that would be a great sign for Nebraska football.
— Greg Smith (@GregSmithRivals) July 31, 2023
I know the Huskers could land Amare Sanders and I hope they do. However, that shouldn’t impact Benning. Nebraska football is showing that he’s a priority and my prediction is that he’s N before it’s all said and done.
More Nebraska Cornhuskers news
- The Nebraska basketball team made its debut on the trip to Spain and won its first game in overtime. Nebraska only had six scholarship players available, so you can only take away so much, but Brice Williams was spectacular with 28 points, five rebounds, and four assists in the 89-84 win over the Madrid All-Stars. CJ Wilcher had 18 points and 10 rebounds. Jamarques Lawrence pitched in with 14. Rienk Mast was playing with the Netherlands in international play and also had a stellar showing, scoring 26 points and making 6-of-10 3-pointers. So far, so good for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in terms of the portal.
- While plenty of highlights and photos surfaced from day one of Nebraska football camp, maybe the highlight that stood out the most was Tristan Alvano’s 50-yard field goal in practice. The freshman is battling for the starting kicking job and my money is on him to win it.
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3 thoughts on commitment of Matar Diop to Nebraska basketball
Fred Hoiberg landed another player for the 2023 Nebraska basketball roster on Sunday with the commitment of Matar Diop and here are three thoughts for the Huskers.
It was fair to wonder if Nebraska basketball was going to add another scholarship player for the 2023-24 season, but we got the answer on Sunday with the commitment of Matar Diop.
Diop is a 6-foot-9 power forward. He’s not ranked according to the 247 Sports composite rankings and doesn’t even have a 247 Sports profile that I could find.
However, Diop is from Senegal and recently spent time with the NBA Africa Program. Here are some highlights from his time there.
Nebraska basketball needed a big man and has a lot to offer Diop, so this makes sense for both sides — here are three thoughts on his commitment.
ALLAH DID!!@HuskerHoops pic.twitter.com/ErXWp83oQh
— Matar Diop (@dmatar832) July 23, 2023
An upside addition for the Huskers
Diop is eligible to play in 2023 for Nebraska baskeball which was the first question most Husker fans had. However, I wouldn’t expect to see Diop on the floor a ton this season if at all.
Blaise Keita is going to have a role off the bench as a 4/5 man. If he gets injured or if there is another injury in the frontcourt, Diop could see some minutes.
Yet, this feels a lot like the Eli Rice commitment except Diop will spend his extra year as a redshirt. Rice took an extra year and went to the IMG Academy.
Some recruiting sites had Diop listed as a 2024 recruit, so he could have had that plan too. But Seton Hall, Ole Miss, Arizona State, Saint Joseph’s, and Charlotte all offered. Those are some high-major offers and this is a really good get this late in the recruiting cycle.
You can see from Diop’s highlights that he’s an exceptional athlete. He also looks like a plus defender but he gets above the rim with ease and will be one of the most athletic players on the Nebraska basketball roster.
Diop is also really raw. I doubt he’s quite ready for Big Ten basketball. Yet, after a redshirt season, he could be ready to be a rotational piece in 2024-25.
Nebraska basketball is a great place for Diop to develop
Ernie Ziegler, a current Nebraska basketball assistant spent time as a coach with NBA Africa Program via Husker Online, which could be why the Huskers knew about Diop.
But that’s another good reason why the program will be a good fit. Diop has raw talent and the Huskers will know how to develop him. Even though most of Diop’s points happen around the basket, he does show the ability to make 3-pointers.
Diop’s shot will need work and few will be better to aid him than Fred Hoiberg. The former NBA player and head coach will help develop the fundamentals needed to have a future in pro basketball.
All the raw tools are there — it’s just going to take time which Nebraska has especially if Diop redshirts.
What about the final roster spot?
I’m wondering if Nebraska basketball will leave it open (Huskers have one scholarship available). I wouldn’t hate if Fred Hoiberg gave it to his son because he earned based on his play last season.
At the same time, Nebraska could hold it in case another transfer comes available. Hoiberg probably doesn’t need the scholarship to pay for college. It would be a sign of respect more than anything.
I believe that Fred will probably go into next season with one open scholarship. You never know when a player could be available and as of right now, Nebraska has a pretty solid roster going into the 2023-24 season.
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