Notebook: Husker hoops recruiting

The Nebraska staff is on the road and trying to make some noise both in the 2014 and 2015 class.

While the Nebraska football team hits the road for the spring evaluation period, Tim Miles and crew are putting in the work on the recruiting trail as well for Nebraska basketball – making new offers and visiting prospects in-home this week.

The biggest news might be in the form of former Tennessee signee Jordan Cornish from Brother Martin high school in Louisiana. With the departure of Tennessee head coach Cuonzo Martin, Cornish asked for his release from the University and was granted it on Wednesday. Ultimately the Vols administration wasn't going to grant the release, but decided to do so with one stipulation – Cornish is not allowed to sign with any SEC school.

According to Nola.com, Cornish has been contacted by UCLA, Oregon, Wake Forest, Nebraska, and SMU. The Huskers have a strong chance to host the senior.

"I will come out with a top four this weekend," Cornish told Big Red Report on Thursday morning, who was also asked what he liked about Nebraska. "The coaching staff is phenomenal, you guys had a great run last year, and I'll be able to come play right away."

Cornish averaged over 20 points his senior year, becoming one of the nation's best threats as an outside shooter. Since he did not step foot on Tennessee's campus, Cornish will be able to play immediately.

Huskers visit Illinois four-star 2016 guard:


With two scholarships left to fill for next season after the decision by Moses Ayegba, the Nebraska coaching staff isn't just focused on 2014 talent. On Wednesday, Nebraska met with 2015-point guard Glynn Watson (5-foot-11, 160-pounds) out of Chicago.

Watson who has offers from Creighton, DePaul, Iowa, Purdue, Xavier, and Nebraska, is the nation's No. 8 point guard in the 2015 class and a four-star prospect.

"I look for a school where I can fit in and get better," Watson told Scout.com in an earlier interview. "When I talk to a coach I want to see if he tells me what I want to hear or if he tells me the truth. That is something that is important to me."

Big Red Report has reached out to the Illinois prep and should have comments regarding his visit with Nebraska in the near future.

Other News:

* Nebraska visited 2014 junior college forward DeShawn Freeman earlier in the week. A product of Hutchinson Community College, Freeman averaged 16 points and six rebounds a game last season - similar numbers to Leslee Smith during his junior college days. Freeman doesn't hold an offer yet, but is in talks with Nebraska.

* According to Brian Rosenthal of the Lincoln Journal Star, Eau Clair, Wisconsin product Billy Wampler and Grand Rapids, Minnesota power forward Alex Illikainen was visited by the staff earlier this week.

Illikainen is the nation's No. 17 rated power forward in the 2015 class – a four-star product.

"His game is effective, even if not dynamic. He performs a lot of basic tasks very well, the same concepts that prove elusive to many of his peers," says Scout.com National recruiting analyst Evans Daniels in the junior's Scout.com profile. "Illikainen already possesses a productive arsenal of scoring moves with his back to the basket, an enormous advantage as he prepares to embark on the 2014 travel circuit. The limiting factor indeed is athleticism."


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