To say life has been difficult for Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles would be putting it mildly.
His most recent team flamed out as the season ended, but he did get a vote of confidence from his athletic director that didn’t eventually result in him getting fired shortly thereafter. That’s a rare thing these days.
Unfortunately, his retention resulted in a mass exodus from the Nebrasketball roster. Nick Fuller, Michael Jacobson, Jeriah Horne and Ed Morrow, Jr. all won’t be a part of next year’s squad.
On the other hand, Nebraska does return three starters, not to mention that transfers Isaac Copeland (Georgetown) and James Palmer (Miami (FL)) will be available for Miles to utilize. They’ll also have the services of all-state Illinois wing Nana Akenten.
Are things on the upswing for Miles?
A commit on Friday definitely makes it hard to argue that while the upcoming season’s seat is hotter than a pit barbecue kitchen during a rush for Miles, major talent still sees Nebraska as a prime landing spot.
The Cornhuskers gained the commitment of Thomas Allen, a four-star shooting guard out of Garner, N.C. and former NC State signee. Not only is Allen ranked as the No. 83 overall prospect for the class of 2017, he was coveted by the likes of Cincinnati, Illinois and Kansas. Yes, that Kansas.
With Miles pulling in talent like Allen, it’s hard to think that athletic director Shawn Eichorst didn’t come to Miles and tell him that not only does he want him to succeed, he’ll do everything he can to make sure he does.
Nebraska’s head basketball coach certainly hasn’t earned an extension as of yet
However, if he can continue to win recruiting battles of this caliber and post a respectable season, it’ll be hard to argue against giving him at least a little more time to see if he can continue making baby steps towards a brighter future for Nebraska basketball.
Now all Miles has to do is keep Allen in the fold and continue the trend of locking down major talent.
Easy peasy, right?