Huskers targeting former Iowa State Ernst to add size to roster

April 16, 2017 GMT

LINCOLN — A 6-foot-10, 230-pound power forward who spent one year at a Big 12 school and recently was committed to a Big East team is on Nebraska’s list of big-man recruiting targets.

Sources said the Huskers have contacted Brady Ernst, who was rated as a three-star prospect coming out of high school in Clinton, Iowa.

Ernst signed with Iowa State’s Class of 2015, despite his senior year being cut short by a torn ACL.

The Des Moines Register reported that Prep Hoops Iowa had Ernst rated as that state’s top player, over Nebraska’s Michael Jacobson and Creighton’s Marlon Stewart. Ernst reportedly drew interest from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa and Texas before his injury.

After that, mostly mid-majors offered until Iowa State came in late.

At ISU as a freshman, Ernst played six before recurring knee trouble ended his season. He earned a medical hardship to save that year of eligibility.

Ernst transferred to Indian Hills (Iowa) Community College. He averaged 9.4 points and 6.5 rebounds and shot 63.7 percent for the Warriors, who went 29-5 and lost in the first round of the national tournament in March.

On Jan. 8, Ernst committed to Xavier, picking the Musketeers over Pittsburgh, Minnesota, Seton Hall and Georgia Tech. But on Tuesday, Ernst reopened his recruitment.

Ernst is eligible immediately and will enter school with three years to play. Another school apparently interested besides Nebraska is Illinois.