Jacob Padilla
Staff Writer
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.
Serve and Pass Improvement Key for Huskers
Serve, pass and defense. That simple mantra is the foundation on which John Cook has built his program. Nebraska used that formula to advance to four straight Final Fours. However, the 2019 team followed a slightly different script and it led to an earlier-than-normal exit from the NCAA Tournament.
2022 Nebraska Target Jasen Green Hears from Huskers Often
Jasen Green, a 2022 Nebraska target and Millard North standout, has spent the last few months working on his game rather than competing in tournaments, and he got the chance to show off his improvement over the weekend as he played with Team Factory UA Rise in the River Cities Hoops Summer Tip-Off.
Former Husker Steffon Bradford Still Competing at Age 42
Former Husker Steffon Bradford's love for competition has been the driving force throughout a near 20-year basketball career, and fresh off a championship in the Omaha Metro Pro-Am Summer League, he's looking ahead to a new challenge on the court: competing for a spot in the Olympics in 3X3.
Padding the Stats: Opting In for a Different Kind of Football Season
Nebraska Football ⋅ 7 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Two of the best players in the Big Ten opted out of the 2020 season on Tuesday, the most recent reminder that if we get a season this year, it will look unlike anything we've ever seen and will require a different kind of mindset to navigate the uncertain waters of playing sports during a pandemic.
Big Ten Big Winners After NCAA's NBA Draft Deadline Passes
The NCAA's deadline for players to withdraw from the 2020 NBA Draft passed on Monday and outside of one big exception, it brought good news for a handful of Big Ten teams.
Cook, Krause Dish on Value of International Experience
Nebraska Volleyball ⋅ 10 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Coach John Cook says international experience is "invaluable" for developing volleyball players, and 2021 commit Lindsay Krause has gained plenty of that experience the last couple years alongside a few of her future teammates.
Former Husker Dachon Burke Working Out, Staying Ready
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 11 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Hail Varsity caught up with former Husker Dachon Burke Jr. to discuss his time at Nebraska, playing in the Omaha Metro Pro-Am Summer League, exploring professional options during the COVID-19 pandemic and more.
Padding the Stats: Sports are Important
Nebraska Football ⋅ 14 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Sports play an important role in our society and provide opportunities for so many. For that reason, they're worth fighting for even in the midst of a pandemic. However, it's entirely possible that fight can't be won.
A Husker Hoops Refresher as Nebraska's Offseason Workouts Begin
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 14 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Yvan Ouedraogo and Thorir Thorbjarnarson finally arrived in Lincoln late last week, which means Fred Hoiberg has his full roster on campus and ready to work. Jacob Padilla has a refresher for you of what version 2.0 of the Hoiberg Huskers will look like.
Lindsay Krause Part of Impressive 2021 Nebraska Recruiting Class
Nebraska Volleyball ⋅ 17 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Hail Varsity caught up with Nebraska volleyball commit and Omaha Skutt senior Lindsay Krause to discuss Nebraska's loaded 2021 recruiting class, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on her life and more.
Former Husker Dourisseau on Metro Pro-Am Summer League and More
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 18 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Jacob Padilla caught up with former Husker Jason Dourisseau to discuss the Omaha Metro Pro-Am Summer League, his time in the Netherlands and more.
Padding the Stats: Final Thoughts on JD Spielman's Departure
Nebraska Football ⋅ 21 days ago by Jacob Padilla
JD Spielman's transfer to TCU and some of the details he revealed about his struggles in Lincoln should serve as a reminder of the importance of mental health.
Summer Basketball: Hunter Sallis, Saint Thomas, Tre Holloman & More
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 23 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Jacob Padilla made the trip down to Kansas City over the weekend to watch the OSA Adidas 3SSB 17U team led by Hunter Sallis compete against some of the top AAU teams in the Midwest and square off against some other prospects on Nebraska's recruiting board.
Anton Gill Healthy, Happy to Be Back on the Court
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 25 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Former Husker Anton Gill is back in Nebraska and is competing in the annual Omaha Metro Pro-Am Summer League. Hail Varsity caught up with Gill after his week two game to discuss his professional career, reuniting with a former teammate and more.
Padding the Stats: Basketball is Back
Nebraska Basketball ⋅ 28 days ago by Jacob Padilla
Back in mid-March, I used this column space to write about COVID-19 taking basketball away from me. Now, four months later, I’m using it to share that the game I love is back in my life.
Depth Could be More Important than Usual for Huskers in 2020
In a volleyball season unlike any we've seen before, depth could be even more important than it normally is, and depth is something the Huskers should have in 2020.
A Conference-Only Schedule in the Toughest Volleyball Conference
The Big Ten dropped a bombshell on the college sports world on Thursday by cancelling all nonconference games for fall sports and moving towards conference-only seasons. Football drew most of the headlines, but that decision had a massive impact on volleyball as well.
Padding the Stats: The Case Against a Spring Football Season
The Ivy League appears set to push its 2020 football season back to spring of 2021, but is that a feasible plan for other conferences?
Abdelmassih Encouraged by Huskers' Progress in 2021 Recruiting
The COVD-19 pandemic has wreaked havoc on the college basketball recruiting calendar for the 2021 class, but despite the unique circumstances Nebraska's coaches are on solid footing with one commit already and a group of top-100 targets they've been recruiting for a long time.
Early Work Benefits Huskers Amid Recruiting Calendar Changes
Recruiting calendar changes and the COVID-19 pandemic have dramatically altered the volleyball recruiting landscape, but Coach John Cook and his staff did a lot of their work for the 2021 and 2022 classes early.
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