Published Saturday, March 9, 2013 AT 11:41 AM / Updated at 5:50 PM
Husker coach eyeballs recruit
Lee Barfknecht Omaha World-Herald

Iowa City wasn’t the only road trip this weekend for Nebraska basketball coach Tim Miles.

He was in Kansas on Friday night to watch a potential big-man recruit — 6-foot-8, 250-pound Leslee Smith of Seward County (Kan.) Community College.

Smith is from Longlook, British Virgin Islands. He played his freshman season at SMU under then-coach Matt Doherty, starting six games and playing in 25. He averaged 3.8 points and 3.4 rebounds for the Mustangs while shooting 44 percent from the field and 57 percent from the free-throw line.

This season, for 25-7 Seward County, Smith averages 8.4 points and 6.7 rebounds. He is shooting 50 percent from the field and the line.

Seward County is the same school Husker redshirt Deverell Biggs attended last year.

Nebraska has two scholarships available for next season, and needs front-court players. The Huskers already have offered 6-9, 230-pound Matthew Atewe. The Toronto resident plays at Notre Dame Academy in Fitchburg, Mass.

NU signed three perimeter players in November — 6-3 Tai Webster of Auckland, New Zealand, 6-6 Nick Fuller of Sun Prairie, Wis., and 6-5 Nathan Hawkins of Garland, Texas.

About Lee Barfknecht

Lee Barfknecht has won nine national writing awards from four separate organizations, and is a 12-time winner of the Nebraska sportswriter of the year award. He covers Big Ten football and basketball, Nebraska basketball and other college financial issues for The World-Herald. You can email Lee at