Three-star prospect Jack Robison felt a strong connection to the Nebraska men's basketball coaching staff before his unofficial visit last weekend. Afterward?
“That got a lot stronger this week,” said Robison, the 2024 forward from Minnesota.
NU began solidifying that bond last Tuesday, when it sent assistant coach Nate Loenser to meet with Robison and watch the 6-foot-6 lefty play in an open gym at Lakeville North High School. Robison said he and Loenser spent an hour talking about life and player development.
Robison likes that NU head coach Fred Hoiberg is also the Huskers’ shooting coach — "you don’t see that very often," Robison said — and he likes that Hoiberg and Loenser have experience developing NBA players.
“They’re just so knowledgeable,” Robison said. “I think that it’d be great to work with them.”
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Last weekend, Nebraska showed Robison the tools with which he’d be working. Robison watched NU’s team workout on Saturday morning before attending Nebraska-Oklahoma. Then the Huskers gave him a tour of Pinnacle Bank Arena and the Hendricks Training Complex.
Robison says NU’s facilities are the best he’s seen as a recruit, and he’s toured Iowa, Wisconsin and Minnesota already. He likes the wooden lockers in NU’s locker room. And PBA “feels like an NBA Arena,” Robison said. “I’ve never seen anything like that before.”
Nebraska also impressed its guest with a projector presentation of Hoiberg’s offense. Robison says the Huskers play “fast but under control” and sees his versatile game as a snug fit.
Asked which players he models his game after, Robison cited Minnesota Timberwolves guard (and fellow left-hander) D’Angelo Russell, former Detroit Pistons guard Richard “Rip” Hamilton, and Wisconsin forward Tyler Wahl.
Robison admires Russell’s pull-up jump shot. He tries to mimic Hamilton’s off-ball cuts. And he likes Wahl’s post game and high motor.
Robison would know. Wahl, a 2019 grad of Lakeville North, works out at Robison’s gym during the offseason.
“I'm very close with him,” Robison said. “I text him quite a bit. ... He's awesome.”
That relationship makes Wisconsin, a school Robison has already visited three times, a formidable contender for his services. He lives close to Minnesota's campus, too. He’s attended several games. And Iowa boasts a strong pedigree.
But after last weekend’s visit, Robison says the Huskers are “right up there” on his list alongside their Big Ten rivals. He’s already talked to NU’s coaching staff about an official visit, possibly during basketball season.
“I think a lot of their player development and helping me get to the next level and my relationship with the coaches,” Robison said. “(Nebraska) really checks a lot of boxes for me.”