Lincoln, NE - It's okay to celebrate a little tonight Coach Miles, you deserve it.
The Nebraska basketball team picked up two major commitments on Friday afternoon, marking the first two players in the 2013 class – Tim Miles' first official class at Nebraska.
The day started with Sun Prairie high school (WI) small forward Nick Fuller pulling the trigger. The 6-foot-6, 175 pound prospect is the nation's No. 27 small forward according to Fox Sports NEXT. He chose Nebraska over offers from Minnesota, Creighton, Butler, and Illinois among others.
Fuller impressed Fox Sports NEXT recruiting analyst Evan Daniels in July.
"He's a tough wing prospect that can score in a variety of ways. He plays hard, shoots it well off the catch and makes winning plays," said Daniels. "He's a willing rebounder and a guy that will defend his position. I think this is a real solid pick up for Nebraska."
Joining the Wisconsin product was Rowlett high school (TX) shooting guard Nathan Hawkins. The 6-foot-5 play-maker is a three-star prospect and had two other major offers in Kansas State and Oklahoma State. While shooting guard is his primary position, he does have the ball handling skills and court awareness to play point guard in a pinch.
"Hawkins showed a lot of versatility to his game impressing coaches and onlookers," said Fox Sports NEXT recruiting analyst Brian Snow at a recent AAU event. "Hawkins has always been known as a big time shooter, and that was definitely evident, but it was his play at the point guard position for the (Dallas) Mustangs that was so impressive. He can defend multiple positions."
The pair visited today, along with Omaha Central forward Akoy Agau, a fellow highly ranked player in the 2013 class.
"It's mine and Nick's job to go full out recruiting mode on Akoy now," said Hawkins to Big Red Report when talking about his decision to commit. "Coach Miles and us sat down to have a real long meeting. He told us about his history and how he took losing teams and turned them into winning programs. Then he laid out his plan for Nebraska. Just the way it was described, with his background, put me over the top."
Fuller echoed Hawkins.
"I think what really did it was Coach Miles. Miles has a great passion for the game and wants to get the Nebraska program on the right track," said Fuller. "He is a guy you want to play for.
"The 2013 class is his first class. Our goal is to get them to the NCAA tournament and win the first NCAA tournament game. With Coach Miles and everyone that is on board at the University, we think it's possible."
Being from Wisconsin, Fuller is from Big Ten country, but Hawkins will join the program deciding to not play closer to home in the Big 12.
"With the Big Ten being such a great basketball conference, playing in front of the home crowd won't be a big deal to me. The competition is going to be high and I will be getting to play against packed houses most of the time," said the soon to be senior.
"As far as my parents go, they will get to see almost every game on TV with the Big Ten Network, so they aren't worried about it."
BRR projects Nebraska now has two to three scholarships to fill in the 2013 class with their two most recent commitments.