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2018 Nebraska Basketball Player Profiles: Thorir Thorbjarnarson, The Best Name in All of College Basketball?

Will “Thor” be able to contribute this year for Tim Miles?

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Thorir “THOR” Thorbjarnarson, the 6-foot-5 Icelandic Native, comes into this season having played only nine games last year, 19 minutes in total. Thor enrolled late into Nebraska, when Tim Miles persuaded him around the middle of summer.

Thor made the most of his opportunities when he would go in towards the end of a blowout, specifically the game his parents watched in the seats of Pinnacle Bank Arena. Thor made two out of two three-pointers and showcased some of the potential he might have for Nebraska in the future.

For this upcoming season, Thor will have lots of competition with fellow underclassmen at shooting guard, Thomas Allen, Amir Harris, and Nana Akenten. Luckily for these players, Anton Gill and Evan Taylor graduated, so the spot is open for grabs.

Miles will most likely go with Thomas Allen for the lead shooting guard job when Glynn Watson Jr. is in, and with the departure of Jordy Tshimanga, it’s most likely Nebraska will start a true shooting guard. The future starting lineup would have been Watson, James Palmer Jr., Isaac Copeland, Isaiah Roby, and Jordy Tshimanga, but now Roby will take the five spot, leaving the two spot open.

Thor has a excellent athleticism for his height, so if Miles goes back to the tall-athletic lineup that succeeded last year, Thor could find himself in the two spot, or even the three spot this season. The European player has exhibited the Euro style of ball handling and passing, but he will have to adapt that style of play to the tough Big Ten.

Let’s hope Thor can adapt, and become the next Tai Webster that we saw in his senior year. GBR.