The Nebraska Cornhuskers basketball team showed that it wasn’t done adding players for the 2023 season. They did so with what had to be considered a bit of a surprise commit from a power forward that could end up seeing quite a bit of playing time in the coming season.
Matar Diop announced on Sunday he’d picked the Nebraska Cornhuskers over an impressive collection of contending schools. The 6-foot-9, 210-pound native of Dakar, Senegal, chose Hoiberg’s Heroes over programs like Arizona State, Seton Hall, Ole Miss and a host of others.
It appears that assistant Ernie Ziegler played a big part in the Nebraska basketball program landing Diop. The forward was part of the NBA Africa program. Ziegler is a former coach in that program and was able to nurture some connections to land the player who has a 7-foot-3 wingspan.
Ziegler watched Diop play in person while courtside at the NBA Academy event in Atlanta two weeks ago. The Huskers immediately extended an offer, and a commitment followed shortly after.
Nebraska Cornhuskers football has depth in the defensive backfield
As we head into the 2023 season, there’s been a lot of focus on the question marks on the Nebraska football team. But one position that seems only to be a strength is the defensive backfield.
Sam McKewon recently detailed how the unit is going to be a strength this upcoming season and just who might stand out among that group very shortly.
Quarterbacks get love from Marcus Satterfield
Marcus Satterfield appeared on Sports Nightly on Monday night, just three days before Huskers head coach Matt Rhule will appear in front of the media (including yours truly) for Big Ten Media days.
Satterfield had great things to say about Jeff Sims. But he was equally effusive about the rest of his quarterbacks. Sims of course, will also be in front of the media later this week as one of three Nebraska Cornhuskers to make to the trip to Indianapolis.
“It could be a bad room or a split or it could be a great room,” Satterfield said during the radio show. “I think our room right now out, these guys spent a lot of time together, we went out and ate and they played golf all the time. So there’s been a lot of things off the field which has allowed them to be close. I think they root for and support each other when they’re not out there.”