The majority consensus in Nebraska is new Husker basketball coach Tim Miles will eventually turn things around – possibly even leading the school to it's first NCAA tournament win down the road.
With a sizable recruiting budget, the Big Ten conference, arguably the nicest practice facility in the country, and a new arena in the fall of 2013, the tools are here to attract big time recruits.
Nobody expected this.
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Over the weekend, the nation's No. 1 center in the 2014 class, Jahlil Okafor, headed west from Chicago to check out Lincoln.
"I was really surprised by Nebraska. I wasn't expecting them to have as nice of facilities as they did," said Okafor. "I really enjoyed it there. I went because of my former AAU coach (Ron Coleman, now an assistant at Nebraska) being there and Nebraska really surprised me. I loved the total environment. When he tells me I should take a look at it, it's something I'm definitely going to check out, because I trust him."
Okafor has offers from across the country, including schools like Arizona, Duke, Illinois, Ohio State, Wisconsin, and Missouri. He knows the Nebraska basketball program has struggled recently, but also feels he's the type of player that could help turn things around.
"It only takes a couple big time guys to change a program. Nebraska is in the Big Ten, so once they have a winning season, it could open up," said Okafor. "We felt that if we went there, we could turn the program around and make them a Big Ten Champion...I think it would shock some people, just because of where they are at right now. For me, it would be pretty comfortable because of Coach Coleman."
During his visit, Okafor visited with Miles about the project.
"I got a chance to sit down and really talk with him," said the nation's No. 2 overall player in the 2014 class. "I like Coach Miles. He's a nice guy and was telling me what Nebraska basketball is going to be all about."
Okafor is currently 6-foot-10 and 265 pounds. He has told Scout.com in previous articles a quick decision is out of the question, stating he wants to take his recruitment nice and slow.
So what is he looking for in a school most of all?
"I'm looking for a good coaching staff, a place that can develop me as a player, and also a good academic plan for me and my family." Jahlil told The Devils Den who covers Duke for Scout.com.
One of the truly elite players in his class. Okafor has the skill, strength, and desire to be great. Best of all he knows he is a true center, and doesn't mess around on the perimeter. He isn't at his best passing out of the post yet, and can't face the basket, but still he is the highest of high-major recruit. - Fox Sports Next