Ohio's Mr. Basketball
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Ohio’s Mr. Basketball, Samari Curtis, Commits to Nebraska

May 15, 2019

Add another new Nebraska basketball player to the list. Samari Curtis, Mr. Basketball in Ohio for the 2018-19 season, committed to the Huskers on Wednesday.


Curtis––a 6-foot-4 shooting guard from Xenia, Ohio, just outside of Dayton––originally committed to Cincinnati last summer and signed with the Bearcats in November. He was released from his letter of intent after former Cincinnati head coach Mick Cronin took the UCLA job in April. Prior to that, Curtis was committed to Xavier in the spring of 2018 but decommitted when the Musketeers coach, Chris Mack, left for Louisville.

And so he ends up at Nebraska. Curtis averaged 34.4 points and 5.8 assists per game this season for Xenia High School, leaving as the school's career scoring leader.


The addition of Curtis, part of a cavalcade of commitments at Nebraska in the past week, puts the Huskers at 14 scholarships for the upcoming season, one over the limit. That's before the final NBA Draft decision of Isaiah Roby, who is in Chicago to participate in the NBA Combine and has until May 29 to withdraw his name from consideration and return to school.

Who knows what Fred Hoiberg already knows, but that scenario, Roby returning to Lincoln, looks even less likely now given today's news. The Huskers also picked up a commitment from Derrick Walker, a transfer forward from Tennessee, on Wednesday.

Walker will sit out the 2019-20 season and have two years of eligibility remaining.

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