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Nebraska Basketball Lands a Big Fish, We Think


With apologies to Trevor Menke, a big story broke the other day for Nebraska basketball. NU picked up a verbal commitment from New Zealand guard Tai Webster for the upcoming 2013 recruiting class. Webster most recently played on the New Zealand national team in the Olympic Qualifying tournament. The same tournament former Husker Ade Dagunduro played in to qualify for the London games. He is believed to be the youngest player to ever play for the national team, and he more than held his own at a level of play higher than what he'd face playing college ball in the states. In a story by Brian Rosenthal of the Journal Star, ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla, who is, among other things, known for his knowledge of the international game says if Webster were playing in the States he'd be a top 25 player and would have no shot of landing at Nebraska. (I may have added that last part...) Fraschilla's commentary comes off as slightly hyperbolic, but if it is true, Webster would be arguably the best incoming recruit in Nebraska basketball history. Credit goes to Australian native and current Husker assistant Chris Harriman on this one. His extensive relationships and reputation in the lands down under seem to have won over the Webster family in landing this commitment. Brighter, much, much brighter days appear to be ahead for Nebrasketball. Hopefully the bulb doesn't burn out before they all get here.