Bellevue West senior Frankie Fidler is staying home.
In a Thursday afternoon phone call with UNO coach Derrin Hansen, the 6-foot-5 forward shared that he wanted to be a Maverick.
“Their coaching staff always stayed in contact with me, and I love how they play,” Fidler said of his commitment, which he officially announced Saturday. “I like their style of play. They play free and are versatile.”
Staying in Omaha was a big factor in his decision.
“I like that it is in Omaha and I can play in front of my friends and family,” he said. “They have Omaha guys, and I like that also.”
It’s been more than a year since UNO became the first school to offer Fidler a scholarship. The Mavericks have consistently recruited him ever since, and assistant Pat Eberhart was the lead recruiter.
“I feel like we have a good relationship, and during the season, (Eberhart) came to watch some games,” Fidler said. “We text about once a week.”
Fidler also received an offer from UC Santa Barbara and interest from a handful of other schools like Princeton, North Dakota, Utah State and Colorado State.
Thanks in part to a 5-inch growth spurt, Fidler saw marked improvement to his game between his sophomore and junior seasons. He played less than one minute per game as a sophomore, but as a junior was the T-Birds’ third-leading scorer (12.3 points per game) and their second-leading rebounder (6.2).