The Nebraska men's basketball program was expected to take five commitments in the 2012 recruiting class. The Huskers got number five on Monday night.
Southeastern C.C. (Iowa) 6-foot-10 forward Fahro Alihodzic pulled the trigger after taking in Lincoln over the weekend. He also strongly considered Washington State and Wichita State, but admits the recruiting process has not been going on very long.
"I just wanted to play basketball for some good people and when I visited, I felt like the coaches at Nebraska were really good people overall. They are the kind of coaches I want to play for," said Alihodzic. "The school itself has great resources. I feel like they are putting a lot of money into basketball and playing there will make me the best player I can be."
Alihodzic started at Fordham University (Atlantic 10) during a freshman campaign in 2009-10 and averaged 4.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 28 appearances. After seeing the coach who recruited him get fired and taking a medical redshirt last season (back problems), Alihodzic decided to transfer.
"I wanted to play right away, so it's why I picked Southeastern," said Alihodzic, who anxiously waits to get back on the court. "Recruiting for me has really only been going on for about a month, but I wanted to get it over with. We have a really good team at Southeastern and are focused on winning a National Title. I didn't want to be thinking about recruiting while it was going on.
"I had other smaller schools interested like Kent State and schools back out east who saw me play at Fordham. But when I was on my visit, Coach Doc Sadler really took the time to show me how Nebraska plays the game. It seemed like the perfect fit. I feel like going there it's going to help my game go to the next level."
So how does Alihodzic describe himself as a player?
"I'm a European style type of player. I play with my back to the basket and like to shoot the three," said the junior college product.
Before Fordham Alihodzic trained at the Canarias Basketball Academy (Spain) with Director Rob Orellana. A respected teacher in the basketball world, Orellana has developed and prepared over 200 NCAA D-1 players and ten NBA players.
"He's like a father figure to me," said Alihodzic. "He really felt like playing for Coach Sadler was a great fit and would be good for my overall development."
Before his time in Spain, Alihodzic played his senior year at St. Francis De Sales High School in Toledo, Ohio. He felt the move to America would help enhance his options at the next level.
A native of Bosnia, Alihodzic has also played with Leicester Cannons Club team in England and was a member of England's U-20 National Team.
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