Report: French forward will pick Husker hoops

May 13, 2019

French forward Yvan Ouedraogo will pick Nebraska basketball when he announces his college decision Sunday, an ESPN report said Saturday afternoon.

A source would neither confirm nor deny the report to the Journal Star, only reiterating that Ouedraogo would make his decision on Sunday.

Should Ouedraogo indeed pick the Huskers, he would be an intriguing addition to Fred Hoiberg’s rebuilt roster.

Just 17 years old, Ouedraogo checks in at 6-foot-9 and 240 pounds with a near seven-foot wingspan. And with Nebraska’s decided lack of depth in the front court, the native of Bordeaux, France, would likely get every opportunity to establish himself in Nebraska’s rotation.

At last year’s FIBA U16 European Championships, Ouedraogo averaged 12.7 points and 9.7 rebounds per game in 24 minutes per outing. He had a 23-point, 15-rebound game against Serbia in the event’s quarterfinals, and had 14 points and 15 boards against Estonia in group play. He pulled down at least five rebounds in each of France’s seven games.

After turning 17 just this spring, Ouedraogo would play his entire freshman season as a 17-year-old. According to the ESPN report, Ouedraogo skipped a grade in elementary school.

Ouedraogo currently plays at the National Institute of Sport, Expertise, and Peformance in Paris. The academy has produced NBA players Tony Parker, Boris Diaw, Ronny Turiaf and Johan Petro.

He visited Nebraska April 28-30, and recently had the Huskers in his final three schools along with Georgia Tech and TCU.

The addition of Ouedraogo would leave Nebraska with two open scholarships for 2019, pending the decision of Isaiah Roby to turn pro or return to school.

Another immediately eligible high school forward who has Nebraska among his finalists, Kevin Cross of Little Rock, Arkansas, will announce his college decision Tuesday. The 6-8, 240-pound Cross visited Nebraska the same weekend as Ouedraogo. He also made official visits to Oklahoma State and TCU after visiting Lincoln.