While teams across the country have been flying around to AAU tournaments to work on their 2018 and 2019 recruiting classes, the Nebraska men’s basketball team looked outside the United States to fill out its 2017 class. The Nebraska Cornhuskers picked up a commitment from Thorir Thorbjarnarson on Monday morning, the same day that Tim Miles offered Thorbjarnarson a scholarship.
Thorbjarnarson, a 19-year-old native of Akureyri, Iceland, spent last weekend on Nebraska’s campus, playing pickup with members of the basketball team on Sunday and eating dinner with Miles on Sunday night.
Being from Iceland, Thorbjarnarson doesn’t have as much information out there as most high-level Division 1 recruits. A 6-foot-6 wingman, the left-handed Thorbjarnarson likes to attack the basket, but also flashes a solid 3-point stroke in this highlight video posted by Jonathan Givony of Draft Express.
2017 6'6 Icelandic wing Thorir Thorbjanrson committed to Tim Miles at Nebraska. Smart, versatile, creative 2-way guy https://t.co/YaFrdGM5bZ— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) August 7, 2017
Thorbjarnarson averaged 7.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game for Iceland in the 2017 FIBA Under-20 European Championship in Greece this July. Last summer, Thorbjarnarson tallied 19.6 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game during the 2016 FIBA Under-18 European Championship.
Thorbjarnarson joins Thomas Allen and Nana Akenten in Nebraska’s 2017 recruiting class, leaving the Cornhuskers with one more available scholarship for 2017-18. Allen is a 6-foot-2, four-star shooting guard out of Brewster Academy in New Hampshire, while Akenten is a 6-foot-6, three-star shooting guard out of Bolingbrook, Ill.
That trio of wings will join a Nebraska team that is coming off a 12-19 season. At least one of the freshmen may need to contribute this season, as senior guard Anton Gill is coming off a knee injury and junior forward Isaac Copeland is recovering from back surgery.