Kevin Cross

A nine-month hiatus seems long enough. Let's get back into the saddle and take a drive.

1. Let's hope the guys on the Nebraska men's basketball team can hoop better than they sing.

Freshman Kevin Cross celebrated a birthday this week. See how many new players you can name in the video.

Assistant coach Doc Sadler has emerged as a valuable source for videos that provide an inside look into how the men's hoops team is operating, whether it's on-court workouts or locker room celebrations.

2. Speaking of singing, Jervay Green needs to loosen up a little bit.

I mean, the guy clearly hates being in front of the camera. 

If you're looking for the biggest personality on the team, you don't need to look much further than Green. The fact that he's likely going to get plenty of playing time doesn't hurt either.

3. Most, but not all, of the new Huskers are on campus for summer workouts.

There are a few still finishing up course work at their previous schools — Matej Kavas (Seattle), Haanif Cheatham (Florida Gulf Coast), Cam Mack (Salt Lake CC) and Shamiel Stevenson (Nevada), to be specific. That group is expected to join the current group for the next five-week summer workout session that starts in July.

As reported earlier this spring, French freshman Yvan Ouedraogo won't be in Lincoln until August. He's playing for France's U18 team at the FIBA European Championships scheduled for July 27-Aug. 4 in Greece.

Besides two summer sessions, Nebraska will also get 10 practices prior to its trip to Italy Aug. 3-13.

4. All remains quiet on the NBA front for former Husker James Palmer.

As of Tuesday afternoon, the high-scoring former Husker had yet to sign with an NBA franchise, though it would be a surprise if he doesn't make an appearance at one or more NBA Summer League stops.

Palmer worked out for eight teams during the pre-draft process. The NBA Summer League starts Monday with three days of games in both Salt Lake City and Sacramento, California, with the main draw set for July 5-15 in Las Vegas.

Expect Palmer to land somewhere in the next few days, and perhaps even for Glynn Watson to find his way onto a summer league roster.

5. In case you were wondering how active Nebraska's new coaching staff would be on the high school recruiting trail, consider this:

The Huskers have offered 18 players in the 2020 recruiting class, including verbal commits Donovan Williams of Lincoln North Star and D'Andre Davis of Indianapolis. NU has offered 15 players in the 2021 class, including Omaha natives Chucky Hepburn and Hunter Sallis. And in the 2022 class — that's players heading into their sophomore year of high school — Nebraska has extended five offers. That includes one to Millard North's Jasen Green and another to D'Ante Davis, D'Andre's younger brother.

As currently constructed, Nebraska's roster doesn't have any open scholarships for 2020 if Williams and Davis sign this November, not to mention what might happen in the transfer market. So while it might not be as crazy as it was this year, don't be surprised to see at least some attrition after next season.

Nebraska currently has three open scholarships for 2021.

6. How about a little baseball to wrap things up?

Mike Kirby was announced Monday as the head coach at New Mexico State, meaning both of Darin Erstad's assistants at NU have found new employment. The job gets Kirby closer to his native California. He's a native of Huntington Beach, and had two stints as an assistant coach with Cal State Fullerton as well as a stop at Oregon.

Earlier this spring, it was reported that NU pitching coach Ted Silva would also head west to be the pitching coach at Southern Cal. That move has yet to be officially announced by the school.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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