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Nebrasketball: Wilhelm Breidenbach Signs

California big man follows his gut to Lincoln

NCAA Basketball: Nebraska at Indiana Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Wilhelm Breidenbach officially signed with the Nebraska Cornhuskers this afternoon after following his gut to Lincoln. The Mater Dei (Santa Ana, CA) big man scores inside and has the stroke to hit from beyond the arc for Nebraska’s Fred Hoiberg.

Competing for one of the top athletic programs in all of California, Breidenbach needs just 33 points to climb into Mater Dei’s 1,000-point club and has been credited with 618 rebounds and 46 blocked shots for his career. The 6-foot-9 center has posted 57 double-digit scoring efforts over three years and averages 10.5 points in 92 games for Gary McKnight’s Monarchs. Breidenbach scored a career-high 24 points in a 64-51 win over JSerra Catholic (San Juan Capistrano) in February.

A year ago, Breidenbach poured in nearly 12 points a game and pulled down seven rebounds an outing as the Monarchs played their way into the CIF Open Division championship contest. Despite Breidenbach’s 18 points and 14 rebounds, the Monarchs dropped a 59-48 decision to Sierra Canyon in the title game.

Breidenbach is the second Top 100 recruit to sign with Nebraska. Former Husker point guard Glynn Watson Jr. was the first in the class of 2015. Holding a composite four-star rating, Breidenbach is ranked No. 53 by ESPN and comes in at 146th according to 247Sports. The senior is also considered the 27th best center by 247Sports and the No. 17 player in California.

When you consider the 247Sports composite, Breidenbach is the 88th best player nationally, ranks as the No. 17 center, and is the sixth-best player in California. Nebraska beat out the likes of California, Southern Cal, Vanderbilt, and Arizona for Breidenbach’s talents.

Coach Hoiberg offered the following statement on Breidenback’s commitment:

“Wilheim brings a skill set that translates well to the up-tempo system we play. He runs the floor well, has the ability to play inside out and is a physical player who can easily step out to the perimeter and stretch the defense. One of the things that stands out when you watch him is his energy level he plays with. He is relentless and is not afraid to make the hustle plays that help his team win.”