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LINCOLN — At least one of Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg's sons will play for him at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

Sam Hoiberg, a 6-foot guard who just finished his senior season at Lincoln Pius X, announced Thursday he was going to continue his basketball career at NU as a walk-on. Sam averaged 14.9 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Thunderbolts, who advanced to the first round of the Class A state tournament. Sam's twin brother, Charlie, also played on the Pius team and averaged 10.6 points.

Sam Hoiberg becomes the third walk-on on NU's team, joining Jace Piatkowski and Chris McGraw. Sam's older brother, Jack — who recently completed his career at Michigan State — is looking for a new destination, having entered the transfer portal.

Hoiberg had wanted to play for his dad as long as he can remember. So he told him last week that he was thinking about walking on it Nebraska or potential opportunities at UMKC, Boise State, North Dakota State and Colgate.

Dad loved the idea.

“Playing for him has always been a dream of mine since he was the coach at Iowa State,” Sam said. Fred Hoiberg’s influence on his son — as a shooter and a game manager — has left Sam with a “high IQ” for the game.

Another strength of Sam’s, he said “is how hard I play on defense.”

This profile may remind some Husker fans of another Pius product, Charlie Easley, who played one season under Fred Hoiberg before transferring to South Dakota. Easley’s relative success — he earned a scholarship for the second semester of his one season — game Sam some idea that he could compete at a high level, too.

He’ll be the first of Fred’s three sons to play at NU. Charlie, Sam’s twin, won’t play sports in college, preferring to study at TCU. That means, for the first time in their lives, Sam and Charlie will be apart.

“I’m not sure how it’ll feel,” Sam said. “We’ve basically been together every day of our lives.”


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