Tim Miles, like a few other new Big Ten coaches, is looking to establish a program. Landing a coveted recruit helps elevate a program and puts it on the map with other high school stars. Jeriah Horne's commitment is a nice get for Miles and his program.
Jeriah Horne is a 6'6", 220 pound power forward from Kansas City, MO. Rivals rates him as a 3-star, top-150 prospect. Horne plays for The Barstow School and helped them to the Missouri Class 3 state championship last season. The Cornhuskers ended up winning him over in a battle with Wichita State, Kansas State, DePaul and Pepperdine. His size and skill will be an asset to Nebraska, but more specifically, how will he help them?
Athletically he's not super imposing, but he uses his body well around the basket and has great touch. Also, his outside game opens up driving lanes and Horne has a good handle. He's not afraid to take it to the basket and can finish near the rim in multiple ways (and with either hand). Horne also plays well off penetrating guards. Cutting without the ball appears to be a strength and guards will try to find him because he has great hands and is a solid finisher. Horne seems to have a knack for finding cutting lanes and making himself available. Some may call that basketball IQ, an area that Horne seems to score well in.
Defensively, some may feel like he's undersized. That being said, though, Horne's physical and not afraid to mix it up. He plays bigger than his height and in a couple clips it's easy to see how he'll protect the rim.
Areas for Improvement
Horne's jumper is really good and it stands to wonder whether he can extend it. It looks like Horne can shoot from three, or at least has the foundation to be consistent from that distance. It's not as if that's where he'll live, but big men who can shoot are really dangerous. Adding a three point shot to his game will make him a nightmare for big defenders in the league and that'll give Nebraska's guards the opportunity to attack the rim with larger defenders on the perimeter.
Tim Miles is a really energetic guy and his energy is starting to infect current players and recruits. That's definitely a positive as the program needed an infusion of energy, quite frankly. Miles clearly made an impact on Horne and Husker nation has reason to feed off that energy.