Nebraska basketball has a bright future.
The future is bright for the Nebraska basketball program and I’m not just saying that because I am a Nebraska basketball fan. The proof is in the accolades. Thursday, Bryce McGowens and Wilhelm Breidenbach were nominated to the McDonald’s All-American Game.
McGowens is a five-star recruit, while Breidenbach is a four-star recruit. That is some serious power coming to the Nebraska program. Although the game will not be played because of the pandemic, this is still quite the honor.
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For his part, McGowens recorded 25.3 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.1 assists per game for Legacy Charter High School. Breidenbach averaged 11.9 points and eight rebounds for Mater Dei High School in 2019-20.
These two players are the future of the Nebraska program. They possess the ability to take over games, as well as score in bunches. This is exactly what Nebraska basketball is going to need moving forward. I’m excited to see how these two fit into the system when they get to Lincoln.
Right now, even though the program is struggling, we are seeing the team start to figure it out a little bit. We are seeing what a Fred Hoiberg system is supposed to look like when executed properly. These two players should be able to fit into the Nebraska basketball system with ease. They are high-octane, high-scoring players.
The fact that these two have been nominated for the All-American game is just a testament to the job that the program has done in terms of recruiting. They are looking to get impact players. They are not just looking to get scrubs who will sit at the end of the bench. The future of the program relies on these two in my estimation. They certainly have the ability to be cataclysmic playmakers.
I’ll be interested to see what else Nebraska adds in that 2022 recruiting class. They are certainly off to a good start, and I would expect them to add a couple more impact players. Not every player they recruit is going to be a gem. However, Nebraska basketball has certainly built a solid base with these recruitments.