Big Ten Network Senior Writer Tom Dienhart does a weekly mailbag and this week he was asked about the future of Nebraska basketball under Tim Miles.
The Huskers are currently 14-14, but lately heve been starting three true freshman in their lineup.
The question focused on Nebraska's big men and how their development is crucial to the program. Dienhart's answer can be read below.
"That is the key: the big men. Nebraska needs more of them. The program needs a shot-blocking difference-maker in the pivot. Maybe two. The backcourt looks fine. This year’s freshman class is a nice foundation for Tim Miles. And Miles has the facilities to recruit to, as well. None are better in the league. Freshmen Michael Jacobson, Ed Morrow and Jack McVeigh have potential but more help is needed. Bottom line: Miles needs a big man recruit in the spring, as next year will be critical for him and a program that never has won an outright league title in 100 years of existence."
We tend to agree with his answer. If you are a Nebraska fan, you have to hope Miles and crew can land a big man late in the recruiting process who can contribute - either via graduate transfer or the junior college route.
You also have to hope for the continued progression of true freshman Michael Jacobson. The former Iowa prep is averaging 6.75 points and 6.75 rebounds over the last four games, despite usually giving up a few inches inside. During the stretch he's also averaging nearly two blocks a contest. If he can become more of a double-double threat next season, it would be a welcomed site by the coaching staff.