Published Monday, August 26, 2013 at 9:49 pm / Updated at 9:54 pm
Two hoops prospects plan to visit on football weekend

LINCOLN — On the first day of the 2013-14 Nebraska academic year, all was quiet in the Husker men’s basketball office.

All scholarship players have been on campus since July. The walk-on roster has been set. And there are no carryover injuries or illnesses. The only thing even close is walk-on Mike Peltz’s continued rehab after successful knee tendon surgery last winter.

That doesn’t mean there’s nothing to do at Hendricks Training Complex.

Recruiting never stops, so NU has visits set with potential recruits for the Class of 2014 during home football weekends.

Two visits are set for this weekend:

Ľ David Wacker, 6-foot-9, 230, Converse, Texas. Other offers include SMU, Texas Tech, Boise State, Western Kentucky, Colorado, Rice, Fresno State and Boston College.

He averaged 11.7 points and 9.8 rebounds last season playing for his father, Mike. Mike Wacker was an all-conference basketball forward at Texas. His father, Jim, was a college football coach at several stops, including TCU and Minnesota.

Ľ Zach Smith, 6-7, 205, Plano, Texas. Other offers include Marquette, TCU, Texas Tech, UTEP, Wright State, Creighton and Washington State.

Smith is considered a late bloomer at Plano East High who made a surge in AAU play this summer.

Nebraska also hopes to land a visit from Deng Deng, a 6-8, 220-pound forward from Lee (Texas) Community College.

Deng, born in Sudan, also lived in Egypt before gaining Australian citizenship. He committed to LSU a year ago, then returned to junior college for a second season. His other offers include Oklahoma State, Washington State, Utah and Arizona State.

Nebraska has one scholarship left for 2014 after getting an oral commitment recently from 6-10, 235-pound Jacob Hammond of Duncan, Okla. Other scholarships sometimes come open through attrition.

The Huskers will have five walk-ons this coming season, coach Tim Miles said Monday. Four are returnees: guards Trevor Menke, Peltz and Jordan Tyrance, and forward Kye Kurkowski. The newcomer is guard Tim Wagner from Gailsville, Wis.

No other additions to the roster are expected, Miles said.

“It’s a good group of walk-ons,’’ Miles said. “They are good kids who want to be Huskers. I tell them all the time you’re not here to be happy to be on the team, you’re here to help us win and find a way to get on the floor.’’

Contact the writer: Lee Barfknecht    |   402-444-1024    |  

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald.



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