Niobrara-Verdigre Nebraska will be worth watching in 2019/2020 Nebraska hoops

Camden Eisenhauer is the top returner for the Niobrara-Verdigre Nebraska basketball team next winter.

A couple of huge basketball weekends coming up over the next few weeks. Next Saturday and Sunday will be the AAU, All-Native National Championships in Rapid City (hosted by Sacred Hoops). The weekend after that, it is the Sacred Hoops SUMMER JAM in Sioux Falls at Augustana University.

Tournament play, of course, showcases all the hard work athletes are putting in, but it is the daily and weekly grind where all of that foundation, hard work is put in.

One of the great visits the Sacred Hoops coaching staff had this week was working out the Niobrara-Verdigre boys and girls teams. Some hard working kids showed up, worked their tales off and look like they are hungry for ‘MORE’ this coming winter.

Todd Runnels groups went 9-15 a year ago. This team had a ton of close losses last season, and with a strong returning cast, Nebraska D1 basketball had better be on the lookout for a N/V team on the rise.

One of the measuring sticks for Runnels and his guys is West Holt, Nebraska.

Jan 28 - Lost to West Holt 62-42

Feb. 5 lost to West Holt, 71-45

On Feb. 19, West Holt won the final matchup of the season, 46-42. That performance alone, hanging with the big guys in their area should give this team a ton of confidence this off-season and into the next basketball season.

A ton or returners, including the top-4 scorers from last season.

Camden Eisenhauer averaged 11.7 ppg and 3.7 rpg

Rane Vesley started last year as a sophomore (8 ppg, 4 rpg)

Ken Justo returns for his senior year…another guy that averaged over 8 ppg

And finally, the big man in the middle: 6-foot-4 to be senior, Tayshaun Kitto (This guy averaged 7 ppg and 4 rpg and looks like a difference maker next season.