The future won’t be until 2016.
Once again, Nebraska fans will be living in the moment, waiting for a brighter future.
Gill will not be eligible this fall, after playing the last two seasons at Louisville. When he is eligible to return, the Huskers starting backcourt could feature three Scout.com four-star prospects coming out of high school.
PG.) Glynn Watson – No. 80 player in the 2015 class
SG.) Andrew White – No. 42 player in the 2012 class
G.) Anton Gill – No. 48 player in the 2012 class
At that point, Watson will be a sophomore, Gill a junior and White a senior.
But what about the rest of the starting lineup? Role players?
There is where it gets interesting, as Nebraska continues to search for a post-presence that will be able to provide big minutes in the Big Ten.
Class of 2015 signee Ed Morrow will bring a swagger and strong AAU experience to the forward spot, but isn’t a true post-presence at 6-foot-7. Nebraska head coach Tim Miles expects big things from the Illinois product, so it’s not a stretch to pencil him in as a starter in 2016.
“Obviously the big concern is where are we with a center?” said Miles. “I’m in an open gym, on just a regular day, and there are nine Division 1 coaches watching a guy do jump hooks…we all chuckled? Where are the big guys?”
Jacob Hammond, a freshman this season, would be a third-year player in 2016, but would likely need to come a long ways before being a serviceable starter.
Michael Jacobson? More of a stretch four who can shoot.
Maybe Nebraska turns to another graduate transfer post-presence? At some point though, the luck of finding a fifth year guy will dry up? Not to mention Nebraska might be on a similar plan to fill next year’s team?
"I do think you can be good in the Big Ten without a great post presence," said Scout.com national recruiting analyst Brian Snow. "Let's be honest here, Michigan State made it to the Final Four with Gavin Schilling and Matt Costello down low. I don't think either of those guys is going to be shaking Adam Silver's hand at the NBA Draft. So a serviceable big man is all you need if your wings and guards are good enough, especially if you have a good point guard."
Projected 2016-17 lineup:
PG.) Glynn Watson – sophomore
SG.) Alton Gill – junior
G/F.) Andrew White – senior
F.) Ed Morrow – sophomore
6th man candidates:
Role player candidates:
Possible redshirt candidates
SF.) Isaiah Roby – 2016 commit
When breaking it down, Nebraska will have 12 players on scholarship, meaning Miles has one more spot to land a dynamic post-presence.
If he fails to do so or not, Nebraska’s future looks brighter than it did a few years ago.
"I think the hardest thing to do in college basketball is what he (Miles) has already done, and that is land a quality point guard," said Snow. "I think it is so much more difficult to find and land a good point guard than a good post player."
*** After enrolling at Hutchinson C.C. and seeing his recruiting coach Chris Harriman leave for New Mexico, we left Keanu Pinder off the board as a commit. ***