NCB On The Trail: Nebraska Cornhuskers

Top up-and-coming recruiters 

May, 21, 2014
Assistant coaches such as Syracuse’s Mike Hopkins, Kansas’ Jerrance Howard, Arizona’s Emmanuel Richardson, Texas’ Russell Springmann and Michigan State’s Dwayne Stephens are recognized as some of the best recruiters in all of college basketball.

But who are the best up-and-coming young recruiters? Here’s a look at five assistant coaches who might not be as well known just yet but are the ones people are going to be hearing about in the future:

Recruit and return: Nebraska 

March, 21, 2014
In order to return to the NCAA tournament, a team needs contributions from both returning players and incoming recruits. Here's a look at Nebraska and its chances of dancing again in 2015.

Quick references:
2013-14 roster
2014 recruiting

Possible 2014-15 starting five:
G: Tai Webster or Benny Parker
G: Shavon Shields
F: Terran Petteway
F: Walter Pitchford
F: Leslee Smith

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First of all, coach Tim Miles and his staff have simply done a remarkable job at Nebraska, finishing 11-7 this season in the Big Ten, which some believe might be the hardest league in the country. Every team has a potential NBA player on its roster except for maybe Northwestern.

The Cornhuskers have built their current roster with a blend of transfers, junior college players and high school prospects. Because Nebraska does such a good job of evaluating talent and seeing the big picture in long-term results, the Huskers get players who develop over time with their coaching.

Examples of this are Terran Petteway, a transfer from Texas Tech who averaged three points per game for the Red Raiders in 2011-12 but is now the leading scorer in the Big Ten at 18 points per game. A high school example is sophomore Shavon Shields, who is the second-leading scorer on the team at 12.7 points per game.

With the Cornhuskers' current success, it will help open doors to prospects in the ESPN 100 this spring and down the road, and Nebraska will have a real chance to land some. It's also important for Miles not to deviate too far from the formula that helped him achieve success.