Miles bolsters backcourt
Lincoln -- University of Nebraska men's basketball coach Tim Miles announced Wednesday that a pair of student-athletes have signed National Letters-of-Intent to play basketball for the Husker program beginning in the 2013-14 season.
The class includes guards Nick Fuller (Sun Prairie, Wis.) and Nathan Hawkins (Garland, Texas), both of whom are ranked among the top 30 nationally at their respective positions. Both Fuller and Hawkins are four-year starters at their respective high school programs, and Miles believes that this class, along with the six scholarship newcomers already in the Husker program for the 2012-13 season, will set the groundwork in rebuilding the Husker basketball program.
"It is a great day for Husker basketball!" Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. "We are elated to add two guys we focused in on early. Nick and Nate want to be part of the foundation as we build something special for this program. Both come from great families and are true winners in every sense of the word Â– in the classroom, on the court and in the community. They care only about winning and will no doubt be a part of our future successes at Nebraska. Husker Nation and the Lincoln community will absolutely love them!"
Name Pos. Ht. Wt. Hometown (School)
Nick Fuller G/F 6-6 195 Sun Prairie, Wis. (Sun Prairie HS)
Nathan Hawkins G 6-5 175 Garland, Texas (Rowlett HS)
Fuller is a 6-foot-6 forward who attends Sun Prairie High School and plays for Coach Jeff BoosÂ…rated by 247Sports as one of the top 150 players in the county and is a consensus three-star recruit by Rivals.com, Scout.com, ESPN Recruiting Nation and 247Sports.comÂ….listed by ESPN as the 19th best small forward in the country in the class of 2013 and the sixth-ranked player in the state of Wisconsin, a state which is expected to have 17 players sign Division I scholarships during the fall signing periodÂ….has been a three-year starter at Sun Prairie High School and enters his senior year with 1,311 points and 424 rebounds in 74 career gamesÂ….is one of only four players to reach 1,000 career points at the school and is on pace to break the school record for points, which is held by John Brenegan (1341, 1987-89)Â…selected as the Wisconsin State Journal All-Area Boys Basketball Player of the Year in 2011-12, averaging 23.5 points and 8.2 rebounds per gameÂ…named first-team all-state by the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association and second-team all-state honors from the Associated PressÂ…chosen as the Big Eight Conference Player of the Year in 2012 after leading Sun Prairie to a 17-8 record and a 13-5 conference mark despite being the only returning starter on the squadÂ….helped his team earn a berth in the 2012 Division I sectional semifinalsÂ…totaled 40 points in a win over Madison West to help Sun Prairie earn a runner-up conference finishÂ…garnered honorable-mention all-state honors as he averaged 18.5 points per game as a sophomore and helped Sun Prairie to a 19-6 record and a sectional final runner-upÂ…named first-team All-Big Eight ConferenceÂ…the school's 19 wins in 2010-11 were the most since joining the Big Eight Conference in the late 1970sÂ….carries better than a 3.5 GPA at Sun Prairie HSÂ…played for Wisconsin Swing AAU programÂ…Selected Nebraska over Minnesota and a host of schools, including Colorado, Creighton and Marquette..is the son of Jeff and Ann Fuller.
"There are a lot of things to like about Nick," Miles said. "He has great shooting ability and deep range, plus he gives us a lot of size on the perimeter. He has been a part of rebuilding a program at the high school level and plays with a great tenacity and purpose. We think Nick can be a big, strong wing who has the ability and skill set to play multiple positions."
Hawkins is a 6-foot-5 guard who attends Rowlett High School and plays for Coach Stan BlackmonÂ…is a fourth-year starter on a Rowett team that features three players who are signing National Letters-of-Intent during the fall signing periodÂ… is a consensus three-star pick by Scout.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.comÂ…rated as the No. 26 shooting guard nationally by ESPN Recruiting Nation and the No. 14 prospect in Texas in 2013Â…ranked as the No. 11 prospect on in the state by Rivals.com Texas Hoops for the class of 2013Â…listed by Rivals.com's Eric Bossi as one of the top 20 deep shooters nationally in the class of 2013Â…is among the top 247 players nationally by 247Sports in the class of 2013Â…averaged 12.9 points, five rebounds and four assists per game, as Rowlett HS finished 22-9 and won a Bi-District championship in 2012Â….earned a starting spot as a sophomore, averaging 11.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.4 assists per contest to garner all-district honorsÂ…played in the summer for the Dallas Mustangs AAU programÂ…excels in the classroom, carrying a 3.8 GPA and is ranked in the top-10 percent of his senior class at Rowlett High SchoolÂ…is a three-time All-District 10-5A all-academic selectionÂ… is the son of Rob and Janene HawkinsÂ…his older sister (Lauren) is a two-year starting volleyball player at the University of MemphisÂ…chose Nebraska over Kansas State, UTEP, Oklahoma State, and SMU.
"Nate is a high-energy player who possesses great length and athleticism," Miles said. "He is someone who consistently makes winning plays on both ends of the court and understands how to make his teammates better. Nate will give us a lot of versatility in the backcourt, and we believe he has the potential to be a great defender with his combination of length, athleticism and work ethic."
"What stands out about both players is their work ethic, passion for the game and an understanding of what it takes to win," Miles said. "Today is a great day for the Husker basketball program, and we are extremely excited about the direction and future of our program."
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