Nebraska basketball has filled one of its two remaining scholarships as 19-year-old Icelandic shooting guard Thorir Thorbjarnarson has committed to Tim Miles.
Jonathan Givony, formerly of Draft Express and now with ESPN, broke the news on Monday morning.
Thorbjarnarson is a 6-foot-5, 190-pound guard from Akureyri, Iceland, who has worked his way up through the Icelandic National team system. He took an official visit to Lincoln over the weekend and apparently saw enough to pull the trigger.
Thorbjarnarson is immediately eligible for the Huskers and joins a backcourt that includes seniors Evan Taylor and Anton Gill, juniors Glynn Watson Jr. and James Palmer Jr. and freshmen Thomas Allen and Nana Akenten. Gill is still recovering from the knee injury that ended his season as a junior and Miles recently said that his recovery will stretch into August or September.
Thorbjarnarson will provide some size, ball-handling, crafty scoring and aggressive defense to the wing for the Huskers. Stay tuned to Hail Varsity for more on the newest Husker.
Nebraska now has 12 players on scholarship for 2017-18, leaving one or two to give that the Huskers will likely save to use on a mid-year transfer or roll over to the 2018 class, where Nebraska will have three more scholarships to hand out with Taylor, Gill and grad transfer Duby Okeke exhausting their eligibility.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.