Samari Curtis

Samari Curtis

The signing bonanza continues for the Nebraska men's basketball team.

Samari Curtis, an immediately eligible three-star shooting guard from Xenia, Ohio, announced Wednesday he was committing to Fred Hoiberg and the Huskers.

Curtis was the 2019 Mr. Basketball in the state of Ohio, adding his name to a list that includes, among others, LeBron James, Jared Sullinger, Trey Burke, Jimmy Jackson and Luke Kennard.

Looking at his statistics, it's easy to see why.

The 6-foot-4 guard averaged nearly 34 points per game as a senior, shooting 51 percent from the field and 33 percent from three-point range. He also averaged 7.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 2.4 steals.

He had a whopping nine games of 40 or more points, including a 52-point outburst in February when he went 20-for-28 from the field, 7-for-13 from three-point range, and dished out eight assists.

In nine January games, these were Curtis' scoring totals: 23, 47, 41, 33, 44, 40, 29, 41 and 36 points. 

Curtis scored at least 20 points in all but one of Xenia's games as a senior. His season low was 19 points. His 224 made free throws were the eighth-most in a single season in Ohio prep history. He was a 77% free-throw shooter.

The certified bucket-getter had signed with Cincinnati before receiving a release to reopen his recruitment after former Bearcats coach Mick Cronin took the UCLA job in April.

Before signing with Cincinnati, Curtis committed to Xavier in February of 2018, the reopened his commitment after then-Musketeers coach Chris Mack took the Louisville job in May of that year. 

The addition of Curtis puts Nebraska one over the NCAA-allowed 13-scholarship limit. According to a source, NU will "see what happens" with NU's roster situation going forward as Isaiah Roby decides between the NBA and returning to school.

Roby and Thorir Thorbjarnarson are the only Huskers on the current roster who played in a game for NU last season. Thorbjarnarson, currently at home in Iceland, told the Journal Star recently he plans to return to Nebraska for his junior season.

Dachon Burke was also on last year's roster, but sat out to satisfy NCAA transfer requirements.

In total, Nebraska has added 11 players (nine scholarship players and two walk-ons) to its roster since Hoiberg was announced as head coach March 30 — a span of 46 days. Starting with April 12, the date on which the Huskers hosted their first batch of official visitors, NU is averaging a new commit once every three days.

2019-20 2020-21 2021-22 2022-23 2023-24
Isaiah Roby (SR) Thorir Thorbjarnarson Cam Mack Dalano Banton Donovan Williams
Haanif Cheatham (SR) Jervay Green Shamiel Steveson Akol Arop D'Andre Davis
Matej Kavas (SR) Dachon Burke Dalano Banton Yvan Ouedraogo
Dachon Burke (JR) Cam Mack Akol Arop Kevin Cross
Thorir Thorbjarnarson (JR) Dalano Banton Yvan Ouedraogo Donovan Williams
Jervay Green (JR) Shamiel Stevenson Kevin Cross D'Andre Davis
Cam Mack (SO) Akol Arop Donovan Williams Charlie Easley
Dalano Banton (RS) Yvan Ouedraogo D'Andre Davis Jace Piatkowski
Shamiel Stevenson (SO) Kevin Cross Charlie Easley Samari Curtis
Akol Arop (FR) Donovan Williams (FR) Jace Piatkowski
Yvan Ouedraogo (FR) D'Andre Davis (FR) Derrick Walker
Kevin Cross (FR) Charlie Easley Samari Curtis
Charlie Easley (Walk-on) Jace Piatowski
Jace Piatkowski (Walk-on) Derrick Walker
Derrick Walker (RS) Samari Curtis
Samari Curtis (FR)

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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