A very familiar name will join the Husker men's basketball roster next season.

Jace Piatkowski, the son of Nebraska legend Eric Piatkowski, will play for Fred Hoiberg as a preferred walk-on, he tweeted Wednesday.

The 6-foot-4 Jace Piatkowski earned Class A all-state honorable mention this season while playing for Elkhorn South. As a senior, he averaged 18.6 points and 3.3 rebounds as the Storm finished 9-14.

He becomes the third Storm player to join the Huskers in recent years, following Johnny Trueblood and Justin Costello to Lincoln. 

His father, of course, is one of the most popular players in Nebraska history.

NU's second all-time leading scorer, Eric Piatkowski averaged 21.5 points as a senior while leading Nebraska to the Big Eight Tournament title. He was the first player in school history to finish his career with at least 1,900 points, 600 rebounds and 300 assists, and played on four NCAA Tournament teams.

Piatkowski's No. 52 jersey was retired in 2006, the same year he was inducted into the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame. He went on to a 14-year pro career after being selected 15th overall in the 1994 NBA Draft, playing for the Los Angeles Clippers, Houston Rockets, Chicago Bulls and Phoenix Suns.

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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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