Top Nebraska basketball target puts Huskers among final contenders

Nebraska hoops eyes Omaha gem Frankie Fidler amid transfer buzz, hopes for roster boost as he names his final four.
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks forward Frankie Fidler (23) drives against the Nebraska basketball team
Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks forward Frankie Fidler (23) drives against the Nebraska basketball team / Dylan Widger-USA TODAY Sports

The transfer portal taketh away but the Nebraksa basketball program is hoping it can giveth as well. More specifically, Fred Hoiberg and his Huskers team are hoping that they are about to get some more good news when it comes to one of their top guard targets in the very near future.

The Nebraska basketball team has lost a whopping six players to the portal this year, forcing Hoiberg to do a bit more of a rebuild than he may have thought he was in store for when the offseason kicked off a few weeks ago.

According to On3’s Joe Tipton, the Cornhuskers got a bit of good news on Friday when Omaha transfer Frankie Fidler narrowed down the list of teams he’s considering. Nebraska made the cut, along with Big Ten rivals Wisconsin and Michigan State. 

Perhaps most worryingly for Hoiberg, the Creighton Bluejays are also in the mix. From the getgo, it’s felt as though Fidler wanted to stay close to his Bellevue home if he could. And it’s long felt as though the battle was going to come down to the two Nebraska schools.

Nebraska basketball makes the cut for top Omaha target

It’s not hard to see why Hoiberg and company want to get Fidler to Lincoln for next season. He’s someone who has shown he can make a lot of things happen when he has the ball in his hands. This past year he scored 20.6 points, hauled down 6.3 rebounds and dished out 2.6 assists per game. 

He’s also shown some defensive prowess, logging 1.6 steals per game. He shot 45 percent from the field and 35 percent from beyond the arc. He would essentially be a replacement on the roster for Keisei Tominaga. Though he could be a defensive upgrade over the beloved Nebraska basketball star.

The Huskers have already hosted Fidler for an unofficial visit last week. He's also done a visit with Creighton and Wisconsin. He'll take one more visit, to Michigan State after the recruiting dead period, and then make a decision.