Nebraska basketball is getting much-needed help from an unexpected source: Nebraska football. Noah Vedral and Brant Banks will travel to Indianapolis and suit up for the Big Ten Tournament, according to sources close to the situation.
Coach Fred Hoiberg alluded to some roster updates during the Big Ten’s pre-tournament teleconference Monday morning, and then again at Tuesday’s media availability in Lincoln. The need for help comes after the indefinite suspensions of both guards Cam Mack and Dachon Burke Jr.
“As far as our roster is concerned, we’re still evaluating everything right now,’’ Hoiberg said. “We’ll make a determination [Tuesday] before we leave as far as who will come with us and be eligible for this game. The way I look at it is my job right now is to make decisions that are in the best interest of this program.’’
We know now that the addition of Vedral and Banks to Nebraska’s basketball team for the tournament was one of those decisions. The idea has been in the works for days, sources indicated to Hail Varsity. While the status of Mack and Burke was unknown following their suspensions, Burke tweeted early Tuesday that he will not be in Indianapolis. Hoiberg shared that Mack also would not make the trip —he’s home dealing with a personal matter—following Nebraska’s Tuesday practice. The addition of Vedral and Banks will help the Huskers, who only have seven scholarship players to work with right now.
Vedral has plenty of basketball experience, playing four varsity seasons at Wahoo Neumann. During those four years, the Cavaliers went 98-16 (.860) with three state championships. As a senior, he averaged 13.6 points, 3.0 assists and 2.5 steals.
“The athleticism and instincts that make him a good dual-threat quarterback also made him a menace at the point of attack defensively as well as a capable scorer and floor general on the other end,” Hail Varsity’s Jacob Padilla noted last October.
Banks also has plenty of basketball experience, although he last played as a junior in high school since he early enrolled for Nebraska football. As a junior, Banks averaged 11.5 points and 7.6 rebounds. He also had 403 points and 267 rebounds in 35 games, according to MaxPreps.
Nebraska is heading to the Big Ten Tournament as the 14-seed. The Huskers will face No. 11 Indiana in the first round of the tournament on Wednesday night.