Redshirt freshman Jace Piatkowski is back for another season after redshirting and working extensively on the scout team in practices last season for the Huskers. The 6-foot-3 guard weighs in at 184-pounds, and is originally from California. He moved to Nebraska after his father retired from the NBA after 14 seasons (Husker fans are obviously familiar with Eric Piatkowski whose No. 52 jersey was retired by Nebraska along with being inducted into the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006).
After moving back to Nebraska, Piatkowski quickly became a star at Elkhorn South High School. He racked up 775 points during his high school career, including 91 three-pointers while playing varsity over three seasons.
Jace averaged 18.6 points per game and 3.3 rebounds as a senior in 23 games, including a 36-point highlight against Lincoln High. The Omaha-World Herald chose him as a Class A honorable-mention all-state selection along with a third-team all-metro selection that season. During his senior campaign, Piatkowski sunk 46 three-pointers while shooting 77-percent from the free throw line.
Piatkowski also played on the same AAU team as fellow Huskers sophomore Akol Arop and redshirt freshman Bret Porter, along with former Husker Charlie Easley. The quad played under Coach Andy King at the Omaha Sports Academy. Additionally, Piatkowski is the third Elkhorn South alum to play at Nebraska, joining Johnny Trueblood and Justin Costello.
With the influx of new talent this off-season and eligibility of many who had to sit out as transfers last season, it is unlikely we see Piatkowski out on the court much this season. However, he has four seasons left of eligibility as the 2020-21 season kicks off. Tt will be nice to see him continue to develop his game in practice and see some court time in games late. Hopefully he continues to develop under the current coaching staff and gets ready for a bigger role on the court in future years.