2021 PG Chucky Hepburn Part of Busy Nebraska Basketball Weekend
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2021 PG Chucky Hepburn Part of Busy Nebraska Basketball Weekend

September 03, 2018

All eyes were on the football program this weekend as it was supposed to be the new-look Huskers’ debut under coach Scott Frost, but the men’s basketball program had a busy weekend as well.

Coach Tim Miles and his staff held the program’s annual elite camp on Saturday afternoon, bringing more than 70 players from seven different states including more than four from in-state turned up to learn from the Nebraska coaching staff and show what they were capable of.

One of those players was 2021 Bellevue West point guard Chucky Hepburn, the only camp attendee that currently holds a scholarship offer from the Huskers.

“I think it went well,” Hepburn said about the camp. “The coaches said they really like my game and the way I was playing.”

Nebraska’s elite camp was the third one Hepburn has attended. He participated in Omaha’s camp back in June and took an unofficial visit to Purdue to participate in the Boilermakers’ camp last weekend.

“It was a fun experience,” Hepburn said. “I made it to the all-star game as well, and the night before, I visited Purdue.”

After the camp, assistant coach Michael Lewis gave the players a tour of Pinnacle Bank Arena — Hepburn’s second time checking out the facilities — and the sophomore got a chance to speak with Miles.

Miles praised Hepburn — whose vision and feel for the game are among his greatest strengths — for the way he controls the game from the point guard position.

Hepburn wasn’t the only one with a Nebraska offer on campus this weekend, however. Miles recently offered 2020 guard Zaire Wade, the son of NBA star Dwyane Wade, and Zaire was in Lincoln for an unofficial visit as well. In fact, the whole Wade family, including actress and Dwayne’s wife Gabrielle Union — a Nebraska native and noted Huskers fan – was on campus this weekend for the football opener. Dwyane popped his head in while Miles was meeting with players. 

“When we were talking to Coach Miles, Zaire Wade came in and we spoke to [Dwyane],” Hepburn said.

After the tour, the players who stuck around headed over to Memorial Stadium to take in the atmosphere of a football game day in Lincoln. It was Hepburn’s first time at a Nebraska football game and what he was able to see before the weather delay made an impression.

“It’s really fun to see all the fans getting ready for the game and cheering on the team, the whole state,” Hepburn said “It was just a bunch of red.”

Frost did Miles a solid following the delay announcement by stopping by the Wade family on his way off the field.

In addition to Hepburn and Zaire Wade, 2019 Omaha Creighton Prep wing Akol Arop was also on campus for an unofficial visit. He is planning to take an official visit to Lincoln Sept. 28-30.

As for Hepburn, Nebraska is currently his only offer but he has heard from some other nearby schools. Hepburn said he is trying to work something out with Creighton for an unofficial visit and Iowa recently reached out to Mike Mackie, one of Hepburn’s AAU coaches with Team Factory out of Omaha.

Nebraska didn’t get a chance to play the actual game, but the game day experience in Lincoln and everything leading up to kickoff is a powerful recruiting tool not only for the football program, but for the basketball program as well. Expect to see more visitors down on the sidelines as the season rolls on.

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