Another Beranek to give it a shot

The Ravenna product will tryout for Coach Miles later this month.

After three seasons of all-conference quality play at the University of Nebraska-Kearney, Drake Beranek decided he wanted to try his hand at Division I basketball in 2009. The Ravenna high school product transferred to Nebraska, walking-on and eventually earning a scholarship for his one and only season.

Now another member of the Beranek family wants to give D-1 basketball a try, and he will get his shot later this month with a personal tryout in front of new Nebraska head coach Tim Miles.

Connor Beranek, younger brother to Drake, averaged nearly 24 points and 11 rebounds a game this season for the Bluejays. Ravenna finished the season 28-0, beating Lutheran Northeast 61-51 in the Class C-2 championship game at the Devaney Sports Center. It was the Bluejays third title in the last four seasons.

Beranek had an agreement with former head coach Doc Sadler to walk-on if he wanted. Sadler was glad to entertain the offer and happy to have him. But when Miles talked with Beranek, he revealed it wouldn't be that easy.

"We were talking with Coach Miles and he has a bit of a different philosophy about that," said Paul Beranek, father and head coach of Ravenna. "He has to go down there and prove himself a bit. Coach Miles is not going to keep as many (walk-ons) as Doc had. He was very cordial about giving Connor a shot. He said 'here's your chance so come on in.'"

At 6-foot-6 and 185 pounds, Beranek projects to be a small forward at the next level. He shot 38 percent from three-point land and 88 percent from the free throw line according to his father, and played every position on the floor this past season for the Bluejays.

"He's definitely not the statue of a Big Ten power forward. He's probably a 3 in most systems," said Bernanke's father. "He can shoot, he can post, he averaged a double-double for us.

"I'm their biggest naysayers, I tell them I don't know if you guys are capable, but both cases they sort have proven me wrong."

So now Paul Beranek waits to not only see if another one of his sons has what it takes to be a Division I player, but also to see if he's coached another player of that caliber.

"It would be pretty cool. As a coach, I think of it in more of a realistic approach. I try to crunch the numbers and look at it his size and ability. As a coach and a parent, I don't think you want to get in the way of dreams. If a person wants to do something, stand-back and let them do what they think they are capable of."

In addition to Nebraska, Beranek has possible opportunities at various NAIA schools, UNK, and smaller schools in the Dakotas. His brother Drake is now an assistant coach at Doane College, which could be where Connor ends up if his Nebraska tryout does not go to the standards set forth by Miles.

"I'm very excited to go down there and show them what I have to offer and bring to the team," said Beranek.

Big Red Report will have more on the developing tryout in the coming days.

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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