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Nebrasketball Player Profile: Bret Porter

Can a player with Huskers in his blood make an impact as a walk-on?

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Bret Porter doesn’t scream “Nebraska high school basketball star.” His junior stat line was around 14 points and eight rebounds per game. Respectable numbers that would likely have built to a special senior season.

Unfortunately, a torn ACL in the spring of 2018 left Porter not at full strength in the 21 games he played as a senior. He averaged six points and four rebounds.

But his 6-foot-6, 215-lb frame was perhaps enough for Hoiberg to give the Millard North product a shot as a walk-on. He was born to be a Husker athlete after all.

Porter is the first fourth-generation Cornhusker. His father (1975), grandfather (1943, 1946-47) and great-grandfather (1913-15) played football for Nebraska. A little Husker history question for you: Who were the four coaches to coach Bret’s family? (Yes, four, his grandfather would have had two different coaches)

One interesting note about Bret, though. He is the fourth player from the OSA Crusaders 17U Gauntlet team to be added to the Huskers roster this season, joining Akol Arop, Jace Piatkowski and Charlie Easley.

Look for Bret to be part of the “bench mob” that has became mildly viral the last couple years with their celebrations (though, that may be gone with Tim). He might never take the warm-up off for a few years, if ever, but you never know where the next Johnny Trueblood will come from.


The answer to the football coaches question? great-grandfather coached by Ewald Stiehm, grandfather coached by Adolph Lewandowski and Bernie Masterson, and last but most important, his dad was coached by Tom Osborne, before a neck injury ended his career.