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NU makes offer to Kansas City-area prep forward

LINCOLN -- Nebraska, while on hold for a possible addition to its 2008 basketball recruiting class, has offered a scholarship to a Kansas City-area player for 2009

Brandon Ubel from Blue Valley West High in Overland Park, Kan., was seen at the Devaney Center on Monday. According to a source with knowledge of the situation, the 6-foot-8 forward is on NU's offer list

Ubel, whose sister Kayla runs track at Nebraska, is playing this summer on an AAU team coached by former NBA player Scott Wedman

In a national Under-17 tournament last week in Las Vegas, Ubel scored a team-high 15 points in a victory described by an analyst as "one of the better-played games of the summer.''

Ubel, known for his perimeter shooting, hasn't attracted much recruiting interest, but one of his Blue Valley West teammates from last season did. Robert Lewandowski, a 6-9, 250-pound forward, is headed to Texas Tech

As for adding a player for the coming season, Nebraska learned late Sunday night that 6-foot-11, 225-pound Teeng Akol from Sudan postponed his campus visit

Akol, who played at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., became available when South Florida denied him admission last month after previously accepting him and enrolling him in summer school

Fatah Muraisi, who described himself as a family friend and big brother to Akol, said by phone on Monday night that Akol will visit Oklahoma State first and then possibly Nebraska. New OSU coach Travis Ford, while at Massachusetts last season, had tried to sign Akol

"When things didn't work out at South Florida, we reached out to Travis,'' Muraisi said. "Then Nebraska called the next day

"We committed to visiting Oklahoma State first, and we'll stick to our word.''

Muraisi said Nebraska would be Akol's only other potential campus visit

"I love Doc Sadler,'' Muraisi said, "and Teeng definitely has fallen in love with Doc. You have a special coach at Nebraska -- one who gets the most out of his players on the court and off the court as men.''

Sadler got good news on Monday when he learned that incoming freshman Eshaunte "Bear'' Jones has passed through the NCAA Clearinghouse. The 6-foot-4 guard from Fort Wayne, Ind., was the state of Indiana's No. 3 scorer as a senior at 28 points a game

No update was available Monday, Sadler said, on the eligibility of incoming freshman Christopher Niemann of Germany. The 6-11 Niemann played on a German club team that has had others declared ineligible for a year by the NCAA. 

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