Another in-season tournament field for next season was revealed, as the DirecTV Wooden Legacy announced the eight teams that will make the trip to Fullerton, California.
UCLA, which was led to ten national titles by the event’s namesake, will take part as well CSUN, Dayton, Nebraska, New Mexico, Portland, Texas A&M and Virginia Tech. Six of the eight teams have made prior appearances in the event, with Dayton and Nebraska being the two programs who will make their DirecTV Wooden Legacy debuts next season.
Portland and Virginia Tech reached the title game in their prior appearances, with the Pilots losing to West Virginia in 2009 and the Hokies falling to UNLV in 2010.
Last July Nebraska head coach Tim Miles was able to make a fashion statement of sorts thanks to adidas, which supplied him with his own pair of Stan Smith sneakers with his face on the tongue. Saturday the head coach showed off another custom pair of sneakers, with these being the adidas Superstar in Nebraska colors with some other images that let everyone know who the shoes are for.
While the outside of the left heel simply has a “Coach Miles” graphic, the outside of the right heel has the Nebraska “N” logo and a silhouette of Miles. While some head coaches whose programs are sponsored by adidas received Yeezys during the summer, what Miles has is a true limited edition sneaker.
Nebraska landed its second verbal commitment in the Class of 2016 Thursday afternoon, as three-star forward Jeriah Horne announced that he will play his college basketball for Tim Miles. Horne was also considering DePaul, Pepperdine and Wichita State, and he joins fellow forward Isaiah Roby in Nebraska’s 2016 recruiting haul to date.
The 6-foot-7 Horne attends The Barstow School in Kansas City, and he played for the KC Run GMC grassroots program on the Under Armour Gauntlet circuit this summer. As a junior Horne helped lead The Barstown School to a Missouri Class 3 state title, averaging 18.9 points per game.
While Horne has been labeled as a power forward, he also has the ability to step out on the perimeter and make plays. He and Roby can combine to help the Huskers account for the eventual loss of current senior Shavon Shields at the end of the 2015-16 season.
Among the forwards on the current Nebraska roster who will be on campus when Horne and Roby arrive next year are freshmen Jack McVeigh, Ed Morrow and Michael Jacobson.
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Nebraska received some star visitors for its opening football weekend as Miami Heat shooting guard Dwyane Wade and wife Gabrielle Union visited campus on Saturday.
You might be wondering why a famous actress and perennial NBA all-star (from Marquette) might be visiting, but Union grew up in Omaha and her family has deep family history cheering for Nebraska football. So Wade and Union went to check out Nebraska’s home football opener against BYU.
Being a hooper, Wade and Union had to check out Nebraska’s basketball practice facility and head coach Tim Miles and the team were enthusiastic to greet them.
The basketball team clearly made an impression on Union.
Miles can use this visit as a positive for recruiting as he can point to how Union is a fan of the program and how she was impressed by everything they have to offer.
One day after deciding that he would announce his college choice on Saturday, four-star shooting guard Eron Gordon has had a change of heart.
Wednesday afternoon the Indianapolis native announced via Twitter that he’s decided to postpone his announcement, stating a desire to take visits before doing so. The 6-foot-3 Gordon is the younger brother of Eric and Evan Gordon, with the former playing one season at Indiana and the latter spending time at Liberty, Arizona State and Indiana.
While Eron has taken a number of unofficial visits, he has yet to take an official visit. Arizona State, Auburn, Butler, Indiana, LSU, Nebraska, Nevada, Notre Dame, Purdue and Xavier are the schools in the running for Gordon’s commitment at this time.
One of the issues for Nebraska last season as they didn’t reach the preseason expectations of a second consecutive NCAA tournament berth was their point guard play. Tim Miles’ team struggled to find quality shots on a consistent basis, especially in Big Ten play, and that issue factored into them ranking 13th in the conference in offensive efficiency both overall and in conference games.
With the team headed to Spain to take in the sights and play a few exhibition games, solving that issue is one of the main goals for a team also looking for improved team chemistry. And one of the possible answers at the point, freshman Glynn Watson, is off to a good start in the Huskers’ practices leading up to their trip to Spain (they depart today) according to Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal-Star.
“I have no doubt there’s something special inside of that kid,” Miles said. “He’s got a lot going for him, and I’m glad we have him.”
Watson impressed in one of this week’s practices as Nebraska prepares for its upcoming exhibition tour of Spain. He displayed excellent court vision, strong passing, playmaking ability and yes, even jump shooting.
“He’s definitely that playmaking guard, that shot-clock guard you wish you had,” Miles said. “He can get separation, he can find guys. Right now, he’s just a little slender on the defensive end, got to get over ball screens quicker and harder. Part of that is that mental toughness you need to bring every day.”
Nebraska wasn’t all that efficient offensively last season, ranking 285th nationally in adjusted offensive efficiency per Ken Pomeroy’s numbers and 288th in assist percentage (47.6 percent). While Nebraska has some experience on the perimeter, most notably seniors Shavon Shields and Benny Parker, Watson could turn out to be just what they need when it comes to a playmaker.
The games in Spain will help Miles and his staff as they look to rebound from a disappointing 2014-15 campaign.