Taken on their own, the commitments of Tai Webster, Glynn Watson, and Ed Morrow are simply nice pickups for Tim Miles and the Nebraska Cornhuskers. When considered together, however; what emerges is a pattern that should change the way we look at what is commonly known as Nebrasketball - Tim Miles is elevating the talent level of this team.
Tai Webster was the first. While Webster was considered a three-star recruit at the time of his commitment, he was considered one of Australia's top players and was thought to have an outside shot at playing in the NBA over the long term. This summer, Tai was the starting point guard for New Zealand's national team which fell to Team USA in the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Webster has grown as a talent for Nebraska and should provide steady leadership at the point in the upcoming season. And he should still be in Lincoln when Glynn Watson arrives to take the pressure off of the younger prospect.
Glynn Watson and Ed Morrow are the big coups for Nebrasketball. Watson is a highly talented point guard out of Illinois that Nebraska was able to land over Big Ten rivals Maryland and Iowa among other programs. Watson should take the reigns as a sophomore in the 2016-17 season if Webster spends all of his eligibility in Lincoln. Morrow is a legacy, his father was a role player on Nebraska's 1994 championship team, but bringing him in to play with Watson could be huge for Nebraska.
Morrow is a power forward prospect out of Simeon, a traditional power program from the Chicago area. If Morrow does well at Nebraska and Miles maintains the relationship between himself and Simeon's coaches, Miles could establish an inside track to recruit talent out of the Chicago area consistently. If Miles can turn this commitment into a reliable relationship between himself and Simeon, his increasingly strong recruiting could put a lot of pressure on programs like Northwestern, whose recruiting has never been particularly strong, and Iowa, whose recruiting has slipped since 2012.
In any case, whether Miles can turn the commitment of Watson and Morrow into a recruiting pipeline or not, Nebraska's 2015 class should form the strongest core of basketball players that Time Miles has had at Nebraska. Rankings-wise, the 2015 class should form the strongest core of basketball players Nebraska has ever had, actually. And that sort of raising the bar is what Tim Miles is going to have to do if he wants his Cornhuskers to compete with teams like Ohio State and Wisconsin at the top of the conference. Tim's sticktoitiveness will be an asset there, and so will Nebraska's recently opened arena. One thing is for sure - Nebraska is a team to watch in the Big Ten over the coming years - the Cornhuskers could be well on their way to upsetting the apple cart.