Nebraska Cornhuskers: Fred Hoiberg
Biggest challenge: Emulating what Hoiberg did at Iowa State. During Hoiberg’s time at Iowa State, he essentially wrote the book on how to rebuild a program, relying heavily on transfers and using an NBA-style offensive system. It’s now a different era, where the stigma of transfers is gone and nearly everyone in the country pursues them. It’s a different conference — a slower, more grind-it-out league. Can Hoiberg run it back with the same success in Lincoln? And if not, what’s Plan B?
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Early returns: Unsurprisingly, Hoiberg and his staff revamped the entire roster in just a few months. Eleven new players will enter the program for the upcoming season. There are two holdovers from Tim Miles’ recruiting class: Akol Arop and Jervay Green. The Cornhuskers added graduate transfers Haanif Cheatham and Matej Kavas, and junior college guard Cam Mack followed assistant coach Matt Abdelmassih from St. John’s to Nebraska. Then there are three new freshmen and two sit-out transfers. Hoiberg also kept 2020 prospects Donovan Williams and D’Andre Davis committed.