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Nebrasketball: Early Signing Period Started Yesterday!

How is the first real Hoiberg recruiting class shaking out?

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Early signing period for men’s college basketball started yesterday, November 13th, and will end next Wednesday, November 20th. Then spring signing will start April 15, 2020.

For the 2020 class so far, our Nebraska Cornhuskers has one commit. Four-star wing D’Andre Davis, initially a Husker verbal commit, de-committed last month and signed with the Louisville Cardinals. He’s from Indianapolis, so he will be playing closer to home now.

The remaining recruit who remains committed but hasn’t yet signed is a good one in 4-star shooting guard Donovan Clark out of North Star in Lincoln. Williams stand 6’5” and weighs in at 190 lbs (175 lbs. per Rivals). He’s the second highest player in Nebraska in the 2020 class, 22nd nationally at shooting guard, and 102nd overall per 24/7. As for Big Ten classes overall, all data below is based on 24/7 rankings. First tab is this 2020 class conference wide per 24/7, the second tab Rivals 2020 rankings for the conference classes, and third is the rankings for each class the last five years and each Big Ten team’s 5 year average per 24/7.

As for Donovan Williams, he is a former Tim Miles verbal commit from August 2018 who has remained a Husker commit since. Williams did make an official visit to Wisconsin and received offers from the Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks, Bradley, Missouri-Kansas City, South Dakota Coyotes, and UT-Rio Grande Valley. Before you all start going off in the comments about how he’s another Tim Miles recruit who didn’t get offered from any serious school, he is a legit 4-star composite recruit per 24/7, Rivals, and ESPN.

He’s the 30th ranked shooting guard/121st ranked player per Rivals and is ranked the 89th player in the country per ESPN. He’s also the 9th ranked player in the Big Ten currently signed per ESPN. It is also worth noting that he is the third player to place within the ESPN top 100 recruits since the rankings were created back in 2007. Donovan is also the third top 100 ESPN recruit Nebraska has signed. The other two were Ed Morrow (2015) and Glynn Watson (2015). Watson was ranked 73rd that season and started 113 games in his career at Nebraska. Morrow was ranked 53rd but transferred after two seasons.

Donovan Williams averaged 21 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.7 assists per game as a junior last season. He was the key player in leading North Star to the state semi-finals last season. Williams tore his ACL in an AAU game this past April, but both Coach Hoiberg and Williams remained committed to each other. He underwent surgery and rehab and seems to be fully recovered. If you live in the Lincoln area, be sure to drop in on a game or two this season if you have the time and see what he can do!