Max Murrell

Husker coach Fred Hoiberg offered 6-foot-9, 190-pound Max Murrell a scholarship on Monday.

Max Murrell played well enough this weekend in Atlanta that he thought maybe something like this could happen.

But he had not heard much from Nebraska in the past few months. So though coach Fred Hoiberg was courtside to watch the Millard North forward this weekend in Atlanta during the Under Armour Rise Championship, Murrell didn’t think his play would necessarily turn into an offer.

But it did.

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The 6-foot-9, 190-pound forward got a call from Hoiberg on Monday extending a scholarship offer. Murrell is the second player in the 2020 class from the state of Nebraska with a scholarship offer from NU. Donovan Williams of Lincoln North Star, the No. 1 player in the state as rated by The World-Herald’s Mike Sautter, is one of two NU commits for the 2020 class. D’Andre Davis out of Indianapolis is the other. 247Sports ranks Nebraska’s recruiting class at No. 8 in the country.

Murrell also has offers from Creighton, Minnesota, Iowa, Virginia Tech and Kansas State, among others. Wisconsin and Stanford have watched Murrell during live periods, as well. Most of Murrell’s offers came last month after he played in the Midwest Basketball Showcase. There, Nebraska assistants Doc Sadler and Matt Abdelmassih watched Murrell. But Hoiberg got his first glimpse this weekend in Atlanta, and that’s when the offer came.

“It just kind of came out of nowhere,” Murrell said.

He said his interest in Nebraska is “up there” thanks to the Big Ten and Hoiberg’s system.

“I’m pretty interested, but I’m kind of just taking everything in now and processing it later,” he said.

Murrell will start looking to set dates for official visits at the end of the summer. He is one of three players on Millard North’s roster with offers from Nebraska, joining 2021 forward Hunter Sallis and 2022 forward Jasen Green.

Nebraska also has an offer out to 2021 Bellevue West guard Chucky Hepburn.

The World-Herald ranks Murrell as the No. 3 player in the state for the 2020 class. As a junior, he averaged 11.2 points, 6.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game. He shot 64% from the floor.

Murrell told The World-Herald last month that he will take academics into consideration when choosing a school. He took unofficial visits to Cornell and Columbia in early June.

Chris Heady covers Husker football and is the Nebraska men's basketball beat writer. He started at The World-Herald in 2017. Follow him on Twitter @heady_chris. Email: chris.heady@owh.com.

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