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Huskers Land Second Ever Top-100 Recruit Wilhelm Breidenbach

The 2021 center is ranked No. 53 by ESPN and is a composite four-star recruit.

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers picked up a verbal commitment Thursday from the second-highest rated commit ever for the program in the modern recruiting era. The 6-foot-9 center Wilhelm Breidenbach is a composite four-star prospect out of Santa Ana, California’s Matre Dei High School.

The 200-pound big man is a skilled shooter from the outside, and Head Coach Fred Hoiberg’s inside-out offense was an appealing draw as a result. Breidenbach averaged 11.9 points and seven rebounds per game last winter in his junior season. As a sophomore he averaged 12.4 points and 8.8 points per game. According to MaxPreps he has hit 47 three-pointers during his high school career.

Breidenbach is ranked No. 92 in the country, the No. 17 center in the country, and No. 6 player in California and is rated a four-star all per the 247 composite. However, ESPN ranks him the No. 53 player in the country. Going by the composite, that ranks Wilhelm the second highest ever prospect in the modern era for Nebraska, but if you go by ESPN’s rating than he is the highest rated commit in program history. His commitment to Nebraska and the Coach Hoiberg regime is a huge get for the program. Breidenbach had the following to say on his commitment:

“It was an overall feel,” Breidenbach said. “Obviously, Coach Hoiberg and his whole staff is really good. There’s a lot of development I can get from them that can help me keep improving. And the atmosphere of the campus really appealed to me. I [visited] last October for the Ohio State game and I really liked it, but the overall campus was really cool. I’m glad I got to experience it for myself. It’s totally different from Southern California, and I think it’ll be good for me. It kind of just clicked with Nebraska. I feel really comfortable about the decision.”

I’m well aware I have to keep getting better (shooting the 3), but it’s a shot I’m comfortable taking

Breigdenbach committed to the Huskers over other offers ranging from Cal-Berkley, USC, Vanderbilt, and Arizona. He joins Keisei Tominaga in the 2021 class. Tominaga is a sharpshooter at Ranger College in Ranger, Texas. The JuCo player shot 48-percent from three-point range last season.