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Nebrasketball Player Profiles: Bret Porter

Nebraska native and walk-on Bret Porter is back for another season with the Huskers

Bret Porter, official UNL headshot 2020-21

Redshirt freshman forward Bret Porter weighs in at 228-pounds and stands 6-foot-5. The Omaha native worked extensively on the scout team in practice last season and has four seasons of eligibility remaining as the 2020-2021 season is set to begin.

Porter played at Millard North High School for Head Coach Tim Cannon. During his high school career, he scored 701 points, grabbed 317 rebounds, and dished 177 assists. During his junior season, Porter started all 24 games and averaged 13.5 points and led the team in rebounds with 7.5 per game. He racked up five double-doubles that season as well with a career-high 29 points against Papillion-La Vista South.

Porter’s summer between junior and senior year he suffered a torn ACL. Coming off that as a senior in high school, he still managed 6.2 points per game while shooting 52-percent from the field. Porter also managed 4.4 rebounds per game while playing in 21 total games during Millard North’s 16-8 season that led to a Class A district finals appearance. Against Omaha North, Porter’s best game of his senior season saw a double-double resulting in 17 points and 10 rebounds.

Porter is the first fourth-generation Cornhusker. His father (1975), grandfather (1943, 1946-47) and great-grandfather (1913-15) played football for Nebraska. He also played AAU ball with the Omaha Sports Academy under Head Coach Andy King. With him on that AAU team are current fellow Husker teammates Akol Arop and Jace Piatkowski along former Husker Charlie Easley. The four of them helped power the program to three top-25 national finishes.