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Your Mid-Summer Nebrasketball Blip on the Radar

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When we last left you the oft injured Christopher Niemann had been awarded his medical hardship. Then the news out of the Hendricks Training Center came to a screeching halt. I feared for a while that I’d have nothing to report back with when July came. Well, fortunately, dear Corn Nation reader, the news picked up a bit. If you haven’t been paying attention, here’s what you missed:

- Nebraska has brought in lots, and lots, and lots of recruits on unofficial visits, most are for the 2014 class. Miles has seen some of the top players from Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, twice actually, Texas, Texas again ($), Colorado (a little more info here), Minnesota and Florida make trips to Lincoln. Most of these kids are Top 100 (Rivals) type of players. Miles and co. are working their connections hard and shooting for the stars. They've got a small window of opportunity to get things to a place where they can sustain something great.

June 5 – Florida transfer Walter Pritchford signed his letter of intent to come play for Nebraska. He’ll sit out the 2012-13 season and have 3 years of eligibility remaing starting in 2013. He was a 3 star rated recruit by both Rivals and Scout coming out of high school.

June 5 – We got word about a few names that will be appearing on the schedule next year. Kent St., Valparaiso, Tulane and Nebraska-Omaha will be coming to the Devaney Center to play as part of an exempt tournament.

June 12 – A point of emphasis for Coach Miles this offseason: shooting. Nebrasketball fans everywhere rejoice!

Prized Omaha Central recruit Akoy Agau paid Coach Miles a surprise visit which caused a bit of a stir.

June 13 – Former coach Doc Sadler was named as the director of basketball operations at Kansas. Yes, that Kansas. Probably about as soft a landing as could have been asked for Doc.

June 15 – Soph. guard, Corey Hilliard was dismissed from the team after being arrested on suspicion of robbery. He had played sparingly during his freshman year showing flashes of being a contributor down the road.

June 25 – Former Husker C, Aleks Maric, was named to the Australian Olympic Team. He was a major player in their qualification averaging more than 15 points, and 8 rebounds per game. The Aussies will play out of Group B which includes Brazil, China, Great Britain, Spain and a team yet to be determined.

June 26Ron Coleman, who had interviewed for an assistants job at Illinois, was passed over by John Groce for Paris Parham. Tim Miles was able to breathe a sigh of relief.

June 28 – Deverell Biggs made it known that he intended to redshirt the 2012-13 season. It was Biggs’ idea.

July 3 – Rivals updated their rankings. Agau was bumped up to a 4 star and ranked as the #90 player in the country. Safe to say he’s the biggest recruit to come out of the state of Nebraska in a very long time and will likely make the case that he could be considered the best ever Nebprep. He’s been very, very non-committal about his interest in playing for Nebraska, but it sounds like they’re still in the conversation…for now. He’s expected to start paring down his list sometime this month. Stay tuned…

July 4 Ray Gallegos is encouraged by the progress he made during his redshirt season last year. He’s hoping it will translate into success on the court this winter. His improvement will be important to the success or failure of Miles’ first squad. Gallegos could also be one of the biggest benefactors of the change in coaching staffs. He should get plenty of playing time.

July 8Ade Dagunduro will join Maric in London giving NU two former stars in the Olympics. Dagunduro plays for Nigeria. Nigeria will be in Group A which is the group that also features the USA. Date of that game has yet to be determined.

July 9 - Coach Miles is all set to hit the ground running as the July evaluation period opens up on Wednesday. It will be his first as NU head coach and he's got his work cut out for him and he's been pretty busy already. Go get 'em coach!