Nebraska Basketball: Fred Hoiberg sees how Kobe King can fit in

Hoiberg sees how King can help Nebraska Basketball.

I may be a little biased when it comes to this particular report. However, I have no regrets about it. I was a huge fan of Kobe King as a college basketball fan, and I was excited when it was announced that he would be transferring to Nebraska Basketball. It appears that Fred Hoiberg is excited about his player as well.

This[ past season, King tallied 10 points per game in addition to 2.8 rebounds and 1.6 assists. He especially shot well in Big Ten play. He tallied 12.6 points and 2.2 rebounds per game in nine total contests. He put on a show in his final couple of games for Wisconsin. He tallied 24 points against Indiana and 21 points against Illinois in a pair of games before his departure from the Badgers. Nebraska fit into the schedule as well, and he registered nine points and five assists in what was a drubbing by the Badgers.

In a Hoiberg-led offense, you have to be able to shoot the three.  King can certainly shoot it, but he’s not exactly the most consistent with it. In a report from 247Sports, Hoiberg noted that the coaching staff is going to try to help King in that area. King shot 25% from beyond the arc last year, and 30% from beyond the arc the previous season.

With how King plays, adding a more consistent three-point shot would be extremely beneficial to his game. That would certainly help him become a more well-rounded player. King can drive in the lane, hit mid-range jumpers, and get to the free-throw line. Nebraska is already getting someone extremely talented. If he can just get a little more consistent production from that three-point shot, he will be extremely difficult to stop.

“As we get guys on campus, I like his shooting stroke and I think he’s going to become a very reliable three-point shooter,” Hoiberg said of the former 4-star recruit who was the No. 122 overall prospect in the 2017 class, according to 247Sports. “He’s a guy that played in a great system as far as what they did at Wisconsin and what he did at Wisconsin those first two years and another guy with his strength and physicality that can guard multiple positions.”


I’m excited to see how he will be able to fit in Hoiberg’s system. There are a lot of different ways the coach can use him and Hoiberg’s up-tempo offense will be able to fit him well in my opinion. He is exactly the spark that Nebraska basketball needs moving forward, especially after the program lost several players due to varying situations.

His experience in Big Ten play in particular will be crucial  towards success once play resumes. The Big Ten conference is tough from a basketball standpoint, and Nebraska certainly needs all the weapons they can get. With King already experienced in the rigors of college basketball, his impact will be felt as soon as he steps on the floor.


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