Height/Weight: 6-foot-7 / 205-pounds
High school: Sun Prairie
2015-16 preview: When Nebraska made their first substitution at the 14:35 mark in the first half against Mississippi Valley State on Saturday night, guard Glynn Watson and forward Ed Morrow made their debut for the Huskers.
Not noticed by most, there was another sub. It was sophomore forward Nick Fuller.
Big Red Report’s immediate reaction?
Fuller is already in the game?
“He’s been a guy that was kind of on the outside of the rotation, went down to the scout team, worked his way back in and really looked as strong as I’ve seen him play,” said head coach Tim Miles. “He rebounded above the rim four or five times, ends up with 10 points and nine rebounds and that was really impressive. It’s guys like that that fire me up.”
Miles said Fuller’s jump happened shortly after the fourth-year head coach told him he was falling out of the rotation.
“I just said, ‘Nick, here’s where you are. You’re the third guy at 3 and third guy at 4, the small and power forward, so I don’t know how many minutes I can get you. Here’s who’s ahead of you,’” said Miles. “There’s a freshman ahead of him, so he practiced really hard for a week and then really hard for another week and so tonight I put him in right away.”
That freshman was Jack McVeigh, who also had a strong showing on Saturday night against the Delta Devils, scoring 16-points. He was 4-for-4 from deep.
“McVeigh had to wait and that was pretty impressive,” said Miles. “Jack had to wait nine or 10 minutes and then came in and made two or three shots right in a row and then got a couple rebounds right away. Michael Jacobson was the same way, when you’re the third guy-deep, you’re just sitting there waiting and you don’t get in much early it’s hard to get a flow, but I thought those guys were good for us.”
Back to Fuller. After redshirting in 2013-14, the former Wisconsin prep played in just 16 contests last season, averaging 2.1 points and 1.3 rebounds a game. It was his defense often thought to be the biggest reason he didn’t get more minutes.
“It’s something I have really been trying to work on,” said Fuller. “ I think it’s getting better. It’s something I’m trying to improve on.”
It was just one game. But a strong showing gives Husker fans the hope the sophomore can be a solid contributor off the bench. He wouldn’t be the first Husker to come out of nowhere after being somewhat counted out. A guy named Benny comes to mind.
“We want to develop guys. We want guys to get better and so Nick needs to do it consistently,” said Miles.
He was rated as a three-star prospect by Scout.com and as the nation’s No. 25 small forward. He also appeared on many lists as a potential breakout player at the next level before his ability to shoot the basketball.