Lincoln, NE - It's no secret, the Nebraska men's basketball team needs a point guard in the 2012 class who can make an instant impact. This weekend, they hosted their No. 1 target in Michael Orris – a 6-foot-3 Crete-Monee (IL) product.
“It was a great weekend,” said Orris to Big Red Report on Sunday after landing in Chicago. “From the moment I landed at the airport we had full days, did a lot of things, and got to see everything possible. Obviously I got to go to the football game on Saturday and that was an inexperience itself. It was a very beneficial trip for me, because I got to see everything they offer and compare it to other things that I have seen before.”
Orris was making his first stop in Lincoln. He originally committed to Creighton early in the process, but opened up things in June after deciding he needed more time.
“Nebraska would want to bring me in as a freshman and basically contribute,” said Orris. “I'm their No. 1 guy, so it's good to feel that way and see that. It's a great situation.
Orris has shown ability to be a distributor or score if needed.
"I have more visits planned, but I don't know if there is really a time table on when I would like to make a decision. I need to see everything and take the process slow. It's something I maybe didn't do the first time around. I want to see everything through and see some different campuses and teams.”
Orris will take official visits to Boston College and Illinois. He reports that he is also in talks with Virginia about setting up a visit down the road. His AAU coach Scott Lidskin, head coach of Illinois Old School, said it's always been Orris' dream to play major D-1 basketball. It could be why the senior was hesitant about his Creighton decision.
“I think most people want to go to a game where fans are at. It's definitely not the most important thing, but it's something to look at,” said Orris when asked about the Nebraska fans at the football game. “It was nuts. I have never seen anything like it. Nebraska comes out and supports their student athletes very well. You can see how passionate the fan base is.”
Orris, visiting with Shavon Shields, was able to play in open gym on Saturday morning. It gave him a chance to meet the entire team and talk with Huskers like Brandon Ubel and David Rivers.
“They love it there and swear by the people and fan base. They talked about how the school really is supporting them and how great it is to play at Nebraska,” said Orris, who is being recruited by Coach Flanigan along with a joint effort from the other staff.
“I was with the coaches all the time, non-stop really. They were the ones taking us around and doing different things. It was great to just to get to know them and get closer – seeing how they do things on and off the court. Their lifestyle is very interesting.”
Nebraska has four scholarships left in the 2012 class, with only one commitment in the form of junior college power forward Keith Coleman.
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