"One of the things that I like about Nebraska is since the very beginning they were interested in me, going back to last summer. Believe me, I have gotten way better," said Wacker, who felt Nebraska saw potential in him before many other schools did. "Coach Smith was always there, reaching out to me and letting me know how much he liked me from the very beginning. They saw the potential in me, despite me not scratching the surface at the time.
"In April when Coach Miles got to see me play, we talked immediately that same day. He said that he loved everything about my game and what I played for. He said I played the game the right way. He offered me a scholarship right then and there. That was a really cool experience to have the head coach do that immediately after seeing you play."
A 6-foot-9, 230-pound post player, Wacker is the son of Mike Wacker, a former University of Texas forward, who was averaging 15 points and seven rebounds per game in 1981-82 when a serious knee injury ended his season. David is also the grandson of Jim Wacker, a former D-1 football coach, who had stops at North Dakota State, Southwest Texas State, TCU, and Minnesota during his career.
"Nebraska is a big football school," said David, who didn't seemed bothered by the notion. "I grew up a big UT football fan. We would always go and tailgate, so if I went to a football school, I know that would be really cool.
"I would really love the opportunity to play in the Big Ten and the opportunity to experience the great new facilities...The Big Ten is probably the best conference right now. You also have to say the ACC and Big East are in the mix as well, I don't think there is any doubt about that. The new arena they are going to have is going to be packed and top notch when it's done being built."
Wacker is expected to schedule an official visit for this fall sometime after the month of July. The combination of new facilities, the staff's great job getting in on him early, and the chance to be part of something special should keep the Huskers in it until the very end.
"I think their possible turnaround opportunity is one of the first things that I took notice of," said Wacker. "There would be a good chance that guys in my class and the 2013-2015 class, could start something really great in Nebraska basketball or Nebrasketball as they call it. Anytime you can start something that is beyond you, I think it's something you have to look at. Because I'm not playing for just self glory, I want to be part of a great team.
"Coach Smith and Coach Miles have been very adamant about how they feel about me and how I would fit in with the team. That's why I think it's one of the top options right now...The only way they are going to go is up in my opinon, I don't have a question about it. Coach Miles is a winning coach, who's won everywhere he's been. I think in the next few years, they are going to have a lot of success and go to some NCAA tournaments. I definitely can see that, but they just need the guys."