Ask most Nebraska basketball fans what the Huskers have been missing over the last few years and athletic post players is likely to come up.
Lee Summit North (MO) power forward Tory Miller is that type of player. The 6-foot-8, 190-pound prospect is currently a 3-star prospect in the 2013 class, with offers from Arkansas, Nebraska, and Colorado State.
"There are countless other schools who are recruiting me, but those are the three offers at the moment. K-state I think is getting close, but I don't know, we will find out," says the junior, who is also receiving interest from Missouri, Kansas, and Colorado among others. "Nobody is really standing out, it's anybody's game at this point.
"Education is really important to me. It's my fallback plan. The ball has to stop bouncing eventually. But I'm looking for a basketball program in a good conference. The Big Ten is a really good conference, the same with Arkansas in the SEC. A good relationship with the coaches would be great as well."
Over the weekend, Miller was in Minneapolis with his AAU teammates (KC Run GMC), participating in the Nike EYBL tournament. Nebraska assistant coach Ben Johnson was on hand to watch the game and the two caught up by phone on Monday night.
"We just really talked about AAU and my recruitment. The basic stuff. He just wanted me to check in. I'm actually planning on calling Coach Miles later tonight," said Miller. I was just telling Coach Johnson about how I want to come up there and I told him even if I have to cancel something to get up there, it will happen. I hear the Husker fans are crazy, so it's gotta be a fun campus. I'm definitely going to make room for them."
Miller says that despite Nebraska's recent track record, it wouldn't discourage him from being a Husker.
"Every player wants to be part of turning something around," said the Missouri product. "Coach K or Coach Calipari had to start somewhere, they weren't super star coaches right away. Either at a small school or a person getting a chance at a Big school, everybody starts somewhere. As long as I can play basketball against good competition, that doesn't bother me. The wins will come. Reputation will build and things can snowball."