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Husker hoops coaches offer seven recruits on busy Saturday

April 7, 2019

The first full weekend of coaching for Fred Hoiberg and Matt Abdelmassih has been a busy one.

The Nebraska basketball coaches extended scholarship offers to seven players Saturday and finalized at least one official visitor as they work to remake the NU roster.

Nebraska offered five guards and two forwards spread over three recruiting classes.

Among the offers were:

A trio of 2020 guards from Georgia — Deivon Smith of Loganville, Eric Gaines of Lithonia and Christian Wright of Milton.

The 5-foot-11 Smith is the No. 49 player in the country according to the 247Sports composite, and a four-star recruit rated as the No. 6 point guard in the nation in his class.

Gaines is a 6-foot-1 point guard while Wright is a 6-3, three-star guard ranked as the No. 56 point guard in the nation according to the 247Sports composite.

The three 2021 prospects are guard Bryce McGowens of Piedmont, South Carolina; forward Gabe Wiznitzer of Arden, North Carolina; and forward Josh Taylor of Greensboro, North Carolina.

McGowens is a 6-4 point guard rated as a three-star recruit by Rivals. Wiznitzer is a 6-11, 240-pound power forward, and Josh Taylor is a 6-8 forward rated as a four-star recruit by the 247Sports composite and the No. 12 power forward nationally.

The lone 2022 offer went to one of the best players in that class: guard Dior Johnson of Saugerties, New York. While the sophomore-to-be in high school is yet to be rated, he has already garnered wide attention with his 6-3 frame.

Also Saturday, Nebraska locked in an official visit from graduate transfer guard Haanif Cheatham. A 6-5 guard, Cheatham played 10 games and averaged 13.2 points and 4.8 rebounds for Florida Gulf Coast before injuring his shoulder and missing the rest of the season.

Cheatham, who has one year of eligibility remaining, also spent three years at Marquette and was a top-100 recruit out of high school. He will visit Lincoln April 19-21.