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Nebraska strikes twice on the recruiting trail

Commitment lightning struck twice in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Monday, as the Cornhuskers picked up pledges from two players who figure to have an extensive role in the future of the Nebraska program. Incoming sophomore Aguek Arop and Kansas Jayhawks transfer Andrew White both cast their lot with head coach Tim Miles and the Nebraska program.

At top-100 prospect in high school, White’s role at Kansas never quite materialized, and given their success on the recruiting trail, he may not have found a niche. He averaged 6.3 minutes per game as a sophomore, scoring 2.4 points per game. Playing in Lincoln may be what White needs to revitalize his hardwood career.

Arop represents a talented and young in-state prospect, and is one of only a couple players in the 2017 class nationally that has made a verbal commitment. It’s not clear just where Arop stands nationally, as most evaluators haven’t seen him play. Still, in-state Creighton had also reportedly offered Arop. Clearly Miles thought he was a talent though, and it doesn’t hurt to defend a program’s borders.

The state of the Nebraska program is most certainly trending upwards, and the Huskers are in solidly with two talents from Illinois in the 2015 class, Ed Morrow and Glynn Watson. Both players are top-100 caliber talents, and would be part of Miles’ continually upgrading the talent on the Nebraska roster, since moving in from Colorado State.

About K.J. Hassenstab

K.J. Hassenstab is the publisher of the College Basketball Newcomers Guide book and Hoopniks.com. He founded Hoopniks.com in 2009, and has contributed to SlamOnline, Dime Magazine's HighSchoolHoop.com, and NBCSports.com, along with other publications in the past. Hassenstab has covered grassroots, high school and basketball recruiting for over a decade. Follow on Twitter, @Hoopniks.

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