Nebraska's fancy new stadium is almost ready. The fancy new training facility is already in use. And the fancy new coach is midway through his first offseason recruiting period.
The Husker's cushy new digs have helped Tom Miles lure some major talent out for a visit, but no top-100 athletes have committed to college in Lincoln.
Adam Woodbury, a 6-11 center from Sioux City, briefly considered Nebraska before deciding to stay in state and play for Iowa. North Carolina Forward Montay Brandon picked Florida State, Alex Caruso Texas A&M and Marcus Hunt Georgia Tech.
Each of these kids is rated a four-star player by at least one of the major organizations (Rivals, Scout, ESPN or 24/7). And while the Huskers were never front-runners for any of them, Nebraska was on the radar for each. That's a change. It's only a matter of time before they land a program-changer and make some noise in the conference picture.
Needs: Scoring, rebounding, defense, depth -- Conhusker fans shouldn't really feel comfortable about this roster in any way.
Biggest Get: Shavon Shields 6-6, 210, F, 2012 -- A scorer who should be able to contribute offensively fairly early.
Class of 2012
Shavon Shields 6-6, 210, F
Benny Parker 5-9, 165, G
Deverell Biggs 6-0, G
Sergej Vucetic 7-1, 235, C
Shields is clearly the star of this group. Parker was obviously overlooked by many because of his size and could be a diamond in the rough after a year or two of polish. Vucetic is a big European center. You've seen him before.
Class of 2013
Class of 2014