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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.
New Nebraska head coach Tim Miles officially announced the signing of Serbian forward Sergej Vucetic of AIM Prep (Northville, Mich.) on Wednesday.

The 7-footer committed to the Cornhuskers last week.

"Sergej is a great addition to our program," Miles said. "I like his competitiveness and that he has a purpose of waht he wants to accomplish here. I love his skill level, and he will continue to develop as he gains strength. I think he can be an excellent player for us at Nebraska."

Vucetic averaged 19.5 points and 12.0 rebounds at AIM Prep. He chose Nebraska over Providence, Marquette, SMU, Illinois and Vanderbilt and is the fourth recruit in Miles' first class in Lincoln, joining wing Shavon Shields (Olathe, Kans./Olathe Northwest), point guard Benny Parker (Kansas City, Kans./Sumner Academy) and point guard Deverell Biggs (Omaha, Neb./Seward County C.C.).
New Nebraska head coach Tim Miles announced the school has released two junior college players from the letter's of intent they signed in the fall, the Omaha World-Herald reported on Wednesday.

Small forward Jerran Young(Cedar Hill, Texas/McLennan C.C.) and center Ketih Coleman (Philadelphia/Marshalltown C.C.) will be free to sign with another school.

"With a new regime, those guys only have a two-year career left, and they want to make sure it's right," Miles said. "Other coaches have been watching them all year."

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The Omaha World-Herald reported on Monday that Nebraska has landed a verbal commitment from Bosnian big man Fahro Alihodzic.

The 6-foot-10 forward/center spent two years at Fordham before enrolling at Southeastern Iowa C.C. in September. He told the paper he had also considered Wichita State and Washington State.

"I wanted to get it over with because we have a great team here at SCC,"' Alihodzic said. "We've got a chance to win a national championship, and I wanted to focus on that."

Alihodzic joins small forward Shavon Shields, point guard Benny Parker, center Keith Coleman and small forward Jerran Youngin Doc Sadler's 2012 class.

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