Two additions to Nebraska men’s basketball will come to Lincoln next fall.
Wilhelm Breidenbach and Keisei Tominaga signed letters of intent during the early signing period which began Wednesday.
Breidenbach is the no. 53 ranked big man nationally, according to ESPN. The 6-for-9, 210-pound forward from Santa Ana, California, plays at national power Mater Dei High School. He averaged 11.9 points and 8.0 rebounds in 2019-20.
“Wilheim brings a skill set that translates well to the up-tempo system we play,” coach Fred Hoiberg said. “He runs the floor well, has the ability to play inside out and is a physical player who can easily step out to the perimeter and stretch the defense. One of the things that stands out when you watch him is his energy level he plays with. He is relentless and is not afraid to make the hustle plays that help his team win.”
Breidenbach is the first California native to sign with the Huskers out of high school since Sek Henry in 2006.
Tominaga is one of the top junior college sharpshooters in the nation. The 6-foot-2, 176-pound guard, originally from Japan, is a sophomore at Ranger College in Texas where he finished top 20 nationally in in both 3-point percentage (47.9 percent) and 3-pointers per game (3.4 per game) in 2019-20.
“Keisei is one of the more unique signees in program history, and we are excited to add him to our team,” Hoiberg said of the first Japanese player to sign with Nebraska men’s basketball. “He’s nicknamed ‘the Japanese Steph Curry’ and is truly an elite 3-point shooter with unlimited range and a quick release. Keisei will make an immediate impact not only with his shooting, but also in floor spacing, as it will help us create driving lanes for others.”
Tominaga has played internationally for Japan’s B National team. He previously starred for Japan’s U-16 and U-18 teams at the Asian Championships. Tominaga averaged nearly 40 points a game at Sakuragoaka Gukuen High School as a senior. Tominaga’s father, Kiroyuki, was a center for the Japan national team, playing in the 1998 FIBA World Championship as well as professionally in Japan for a decade.