Nebraska basketball officially announced the addition of point guard Sam Griesel on Monday. Last weekend, it was reported that he would transfer to the Nebraska basketball program.
Griesel spent last season at North Dakota State, and performed at a high level. He was named an All-Summit League performer twice.
He played in 99 games in four seasons for North Dakota State, and he was able to do well statistically. He started 87 games, and recorded nearly 1,000 points in correlation with 558 rebounds and 225 assists.
Griesel is coming off a tremendous 2021 season. North Dakota State went 23-10. He averaged 14.3 points, 6.6 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game. Efficiency was key to this while doing so. He shot 48% from the field. Ranking 13th overall in scoring, efficiency and getting buckets seem to be hallmarks of his game.
In speaking to the media on Monday, head coach Fred Hoiberg seemed to have a plan for the guard, as transcribed by Brian Christopherson of 247Sports.
“Sam brings a lot of experience, leadership and versatility to our program,” Hoiberg said in a statement. “He’s a physical guard who can play all over the floor for us with his combination of size, skill and basketball IQ. He’s played point guard at North Dakota State the past two years and gives us a bigger guard who can match up well in the Big Ten. Sam is a four-year starter who has played in the NCAA Tournament and understands what it takes to win at a high level. He’s also excited to come back home and represent Nebraska, and we are pleased to add him to the Husker program.”
Griesel indicated that Hoiberg wants him to be a leader on this team. Judging by his body of work at North Dakota State, that may be something he can accomplish. This will be important for Nebraska basketball, as they look to replace Alonzo Verge Jr. In terms of just an experience standpoint, Griesel certainly brings that to the table.
As Nebraska basketball continues to deal with moving parts, Griesel has the opportunity to provide the program with stability and experience. His multi-faceted game could be an asset to a Nebraska basketball program looking to take the next step, after a difficult season last year.