LINCOLN — A 7-foot-1 center from an Arizona prep school and a 6-4 teammate who scored 65 points in a game last month are popping up again on Nebraska coach Tim Miles' recruiting radar.
Husker coaches are working to arrange travel to Westwind Prep Academy in Phoenix to visit Kingsley Okoroh of Watford, England, and Lyrik Shreiner of Glendale, Ariz.
Chances are good that the Westwind coach will help NU get a meeting.
The head man is Jai Steadman, a native Nebraskan, former Lincoln resident and 1997 graduate of Nebraska, where he worked from 1992 to '97 with the basketball program under Danny Nee.
Since then, Steadman has been an assistant at five universities, two NBA D-League teams, one European team and one Continental Basketball Association team.
As for Steadman's players:
Okoroh, 7-1 and listed anywhere from 225 to 245 pounds, has drawn the most interest from Nebraska, Gonzaga, Utah, Tennessee, Portland, Oakland, UTEP, Purdue and Wichita State.
In the European under-18 championships in 2013, Okoroh averaged 9.1 points, 10.8 rebounds and 2.7 blocks in nine games.
Shreiner, 6-4 and 180 pounds, visited Louisville on Jan. 25. His other offers are from Oregon, UTEP (visit Feb. 27) and Washington, with Nebraska and Pittsburgh pursuing and Kansas, Connecticut and Kentucky watching.
The Huskers have two scholarships available for next season after signing 6-10 Jacob Hammond of Comanche, Okla., in November.
Too many errors
Illinois coach John Groce praised his team's effort and spirit in the 67-58 loss to Nebraska.
“At the end of the day, I thought we made way too many mistakes,'' he said after seeing the Illini drop to 14-11 overall and 3-9 in the Big Ten.
“I thought Nebraska made fewer mistakes. We fouled too much. We've got to catch balls and pass better. We've got to make layups. And we go to the line seven times and go 1 for 2 on two-shot fouls. Do too many of those things in his league, especially on the road, that's not going to get you the result you want.”
Bits and pieces
Nebraska held Illinois without a field goal from the 6:57 mark of the second half to 1:00 left, taking a lot of the drama out of the final stretch. ... The Huskers, who fell behind 10-2 to start the game, saw Illinois go on a 10-3 run to start the second half. ... Backup point guard Benny Parker played 24 minutes, posting four points, four steals and no turnovers. ... The Huskers' next game is 2 p.m. Sunday at Michigan State.