Four-star hoops center to make official visit to NU

2013-08-28T18:12:00Z 2013-08-29T00:51:04Z Four-star hoops center to make official visit to NUBy BRIAN ROSENTHAL / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

Nebraska is preparing for an official visit this month from a basketball recruit who’s pretty darned big — in more ways than one.

Two sources confirmed Wednesday that Elbert Robinson, a 7-foot-1, 330-pound center from Garland, Texas, has added Nebraska to his list of five official visits. He’ll be in Lincoln the weekend of Sept. 7.

Robinson, a 2014 four-star recruit who’s ranked No. 52 on the Rivals.com Top 150, is visiting Georgia Tech this weekend. Other schools vying for an official visit include Ohio State, Louisville, Kansas, SMU and Georgetown, where first-year Nebraska assistant coach Kenya Hunter spent the past six seasons.

Florida, Kansas State, Baylor and Texas have also offered scholarships to Robinson, who will be a senior at Lakeview Centennial High School, where he averaged 16 points and 15 rebounds last season. He plays for the LBA Seawolves on the AAU circuit.

Robinson is among a handful of recruits who could visit Lincoln over the next month.

Nebraska will host David Wacker, a 6-9, 230-pound power forward, and Zach Smith, a 6-7, 205-pound small forward, on official visits this weekend. They’ll attend Nebraska’s first home football game Saturday against Wyoming.

Wacker, the son of former Texas basketball player Mike Wacker, plays at Converse Judson High School near San Antonio, where Mike Wacker is head coach. He has offers from Boise State, Saint Louis, Colorado, Oklahoma State, Fresno State, Texas Tech and Western Kentucky, among others.

Smith, from Plano, Texas, has offers from Marquette, Texas Tech, St. Bonaventure, San Jose State, UTEP, Washington State and TCU.

Nebraska is also trying to set up official visits for Deng Deng, a 6-8, 220-pound junior-college forward, and Jonah Bolden, a 6-8, 195-pound forward with a 7-2 wing span who will play this season at Findlay Prep near Las Vegas.

A native of Sydney, Australia, Bolden played last season at Homebush Boys High school in New South Wales, but he was no longer a secret this summer, when he averaged 16.7 points on 65 percent shooting at the Adidas Nations in Garden Grove, Calif.

Michigan, Louisville and LSU are among Bolden’s top schools. His father, Bruce Bolden, is a former Boise State player who also played professionally in Australia with current Nebraska assistant coach Chris Harriman in 1997-98.

Deng, who’s also being recruited by Harriman, was born in Sudan and has lived in Egypt and Melbourne, Australia. Originally committed to LSU, he played last season at Lee (Texas) College, where he averaged 10 points and 7.5 rebounds.

Oklahoma State, Utah, Arizona State and Washington State have also offered Deng a scholarship.

Nebraska has one oral commitment, center Jacob Hammond, in its 2014 recruiting class, and only one remaining scholarship to fill.

Under Big Ten Conference rules, teams can oversign by one player, meaning it’s possible Nebraska could sign three players during the early November signing period.

Reach Brian Rosenthal at 402-473-7436 or brosenthal@journalstar.com. You can follow him on Twitter @HuskerExtraBR.

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