LINCOLN — Until this summer, Allie Havers didn’t have Nebraska women’s basketball on her radar. And NU didn’t have Havers in its crosshairs, either.
The 6-foot-5 forward from Mattawan, Mich., had been committed for months to play at nearby Michigan. And when UM coach Kevin Borseth surprisingly left to take over Wisconsin-Green Bay’s program, Havers thought she might follow him there.
But Havers said that new Husker assistant Shimmy Gray-Miller — who played for the Wolverines — saw Havers play at a summer AAU tournament. Nebraska offered a scholarship. Havers, intrigued, took a visit and committed to NU for the 2013 recruiting class. UWGB and Iowa State were her other finalists.
“It just clicked,” said Havers, who plans to major in broadcasting and toured Nebraska’s College of Journalism and Mass Communications, too. “I really clicked with all the girls. I like the atmosphere. I liked Coach (Connie) Yori. I really liked Coach Shimmy. She’s really fun and super competitive.”
That’s how Mattawan coach Troy Wright described Havers, who averaged 17.9 points, 11.8 rebounds and 5.3 blocks per game for the Wildcats. According to the Girls Midwest Recruiting Report, Havers is the No. 10 player in the region.
“She’s a practical joker, but she’s a hard worker,” Wright said. “She’s the full deal. Nebraska got a steal and a half.”
Wright said Havers has room to grow because, instead of concentrating year-round on basketball, she plays three sports. She was an all-state pitcher and shortstop in softball, batting .397 and finishing with a 0.43 ERA. According to the Kalamazoo Gazette, Havers turned down collegiate offers to play volleyball, too.
Havers can play in the post but is Mattawan’s best perimeter shooter, Wright said, hitting 31 percent of her 3-pointers. Yori recruits unconventional post players who can run the floor, shoot the 3 and be comfortable guarding beyond the 3-point arc, if necessary.
“They run my style of basketball,” said Havers, who plans to sign in the fall recruiting period.
Wright said he looks forward to Havers coming back home twice a year to take on Michigan State and Michigan. Especially the Wolverines, who cooled on Havers after Borseth left.
“Michigan — I don’t know what they’re thinking, but they’re out of their minds if they don’t think she can play there,” Wright said. “She’s great now, but she’s going to be phenomenal.”
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