Bret Porter

Bret Porter recovered from a torn ACL to play in 21 games during his senior season at Millard North, averaging 6.2 points and 4.4 rebounds per game.

Bret Porter became the third walk-on in Nebraska’s 2019 recruiting class, announcing his decision Thursday.

The 6-foot-6, 215-pound forward from Millard North is following a family lineage to Lincoln.

Porter’s father, Budge, was a scholarship football player at NU and a member of the 1975 recruiting class. He suffered a neck injury while attempting to make a tackle during spring practice in 1976 and never played again.

“My whole family has gone there,” Porter said. “My great-grandpa, grandpa, dad and uncle played football there. Ever since I was a little kid it has always been my dream to play there. I couldn’t pass this opportunity up.”

As a junior, he averaged 13.4 points and 7.5 rebounds per game. Then he tore his ACL in the spring of 2018.

Porter returned to the court for his senior season, averaging 6.2 points and 4.4 rebounds in 21 games.

Porter will be the fourth player from last summer’s OSA Crusaders 17U Gauntlet team to continue their career at NU. Omaha Creighton Prep’s Akol Arop is a scholarship player while Jace Piatkowski (Elkhorn South) and Charlie Easley (Lincoln Pius X) chose to walk on.

“It’s crazy,” Porter said of continuing his career with familiar faces. “I am happy to be able to jump into something with guys that I know and am comfortable with.”

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