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Nebraska Basketball: Playmaker Parker Friedrichsen impressed by Huskers

Nebraska basketball has been on a tear in terms of recruiting. Not only that, they are impressing recruits in the process. Four-star guard Parker Friedrichsen visited Nebraska this weekend. As he talked to,  he noted how impressed he was with his time in Lincoln.

Friedrichsen is a four-star recruit and a top-100 prospect. The 2023 recruit has been a high priority of the Nebraska basketball program. As noted by Robin Washut, the Huskers have been in contact with him for four months, and he has had three on-campus meetings with the coaching staff.

What he brings to the table

When you look at what he can do statistically, he seems to be able to fit right in with the offense. measuring in at six-foot-four, he averaged  27.1 points per game for Bixby High School. The Tulsa, Okla. native shot 42% from behind the arc and 84% from the free-throw line. That number intrigues me as Nebraska basketball struggled at the line last season.

When I watch his highlights, one thing I noticed is that he is smooth with the basketball. He can handle the ball very well, and is confident in how he handles it. He is not afraid to shoot, whether it be from outside or in the lane. He has nice touch around the rim. Closing speed and good defense are two other things I noticed in the way Friedrichsen plays. He really does have a combination of skills that should suit him well if he commits to Nebraska.

Enjoying his visit to Nebraska

He talked about his visit over the weekend, as well as what he saw from the Nebraska offense.

“I’ve sat down and watched film with Coach Hoiberg a couple times now, and just to be able to watch the game and see in-person what I’ve seen on film was great,” Friedrichsen said. “I was looking at how Keisei (Tominaga) gets open in transition, and how C.J. (Wilcher) got hot. For me, a lot of it was how they play in transition. It was nice to see that what I’d seen on film was what they actually do…

“Coach Hoiberg wasn’t getting frustrated with his guys for shooting. If you’re open, shoot it. Nobody really had a red light on them. It’s a great offensive system for sure.”

Nebraska basketball has made a commitment to recruit highly-touted prospects. Friedrichsen would certainly be one of them. I’ll be interested to see how Nebraska basketball continues to recruit him. Right now it seems like he is one of their priority targets. They have been red-hot on the recruiting trail lately, and that does not appear to be changing anytime soon.

Whatever it is,  Nebraska basketball has found a recruiting formula that works.

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