Lincoln, NE - At 6-foot-7, 174 pounds, freshman David Rivers gives Nebraska head coach Doc Sadler and crew a different look on the floor. Rivers is a lanky scorer, who at the same time has always shown physicality on the basketball court. It's because of this, he should play a large role in the Nebraska game plan this season.
"David's basketball IQ is really really high. You tell the guy one time and he gets it. He's so easy to coach, he wants to do the right thing," said Sadler on Monday to reporter. "He has made some really tough shots in scrimmage like situations, it has to help his confidence – especially since he's so young.
"David is a guy who's going to find his way on the floor quite a bit."
Sadler says the Huskers can play him inside, outside, and that Rivers handles the basketball very well.
While a listed 174 pounds is very thin for a player of his height, Rivers has actually gained weight since hitting campus.
"He has actually put on 10 pounds," said Sadler. "His strength from his waist down is where he really has to improve."
Rivers averaged 19 points, seven rebounds, and three assists a game for Hall High School last season. A four-year starter, Rivers led Hall to back-to-back state titles – including a Class 7A title (the state's largest) his senior year.