Icelandic Nebraska basketball recruit Thorir Thorbjarnarson has officially signed with the program Tuesday after reports of his commitment emerged on Monday, and his new coach has some high praise.
“Thorir is Iceland’s version of Manu Ginobili, as he is a crafty left-hander with a high basketball IQ and terrific skill level,” Nebraska coach Tim Miles said in a release. “His opportunities to play with older players in the pro leagues and in international competition will help him a great deal as he adjusts to this level. Ali Farokemanish started recruiting him months ago when he was on our staff, and we continued to follow his progress throughout the summer. He also comes from an outstanding family, and we are excited to have Thorir join our Husker basketball program.”
Thorbjarnarson is a 6-foot-5 guard who will be immediately eligible at Nebraska this season. He spent the previous three seasons in Iceland’s professional league as well as on its national team. He also considered Utah, Drake and UMass before deciding on Nebraska, the school said.
The release from Nebraska also provided a phonetic spelling of his name: Thor-EAR Thorb-YAR-nar-son.