Published Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 9:25 pm / Updated at 9:27 pm
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New Zealand recruit will get look at NU
USC at Nebraska
When: 7 p.m. Monday
Where: Devaney Center, Lincoln
TV: BTN
Radio: 1110 AM KFAB

LINCOLN — No disrespect, but Nebraska coach Tim Miles will have more on his mind Monday night than his team’s nonconference matchup with USC.

An important visitor from 8,000 miles away is scheduled to be in the Devaney Center, and the Huskers want to show point guard prospect Tai Webster from New Zealand a good time.

Specifically, how much Nebraska fans matter in Husker athletic culture.

“We have an official recruit on a game day,” said Miles, who can’t talk specifically about prospects. “We want to show how great our fans are and how supportive they are and how they come out en masse.”

Webster orally committed to Nebraska in late August, but didn’t submit a signed letter of intent during the Nov. 14 through 21 early signing period. A conflict with the New Zealand school calendar has delayed his official visit to NU until this week.

The 6-foot-3, 185-pounder is considered the prize of Miles’ first recruiting class. ESPN.com rates Webster as a four-star recruit with the following summation:

“Webster is a scoring combination guard who can score at a high level, handle and pass. He has international playing experience that should help him be ready to compete right away on the major college level.”

Webster is believed to be the youngest player to make the New Zealand national team. He turned 17 on May 29.

His father, Tony, was considered a legend in the New Zealand professional league. His older brother, Corey, also has played professionally.

Other schools haven’t stopped trying to woo Webster, sources close to the situation said. Pittsburgh, which has a freshman on its roster from New Zealand, and Wake Forest are among them.

Nebraska’s tie to Webster is assistant Chris Harriman, who is from Australia and has recruited New Zealand players before.

Contact the writer:

402-444-1024, lee.barfknecht@owh.com

Contact the writer: Lee Barfknecht

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Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald.

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