LINCOLN — Nebraska men's basketball: a national leader. For nearly a century, those words were ineligible to be written about this longtime stumbling program. Then came completion last fall of the $18.7 million Hendricks Training Complex. This hoops palace — part Vegas sports bar and part Rodeo Drive fitness center — has vaulted Nebraska, which last won an outright conference championship 96 years ago, into a believe-it-or-not level of basketball prestige.
The NBA's Chicago Bulls, planning their own new practice facility, recently made Lincoln the first stop for their executive team seeking construction guidance. Meanwhile, coaches at nationally elite AAU programs — a rare sight in Lincoln — are now escorting their top players here for a visit. Current Husker senior Brandon Ubel is one of the tour guides. “We've had Top 100 recruits in here — guys who have seen a lot of places — and they say this is the best,” Ubel said. “They come in and their eyes light up. How could they not light up? It's an amazing facility.”
Yet, as Nebraska fans know, nothing comes easily to men's basketball. Six months into construction of the building that has earned NU national buzz, the two key boosters behind the project cast a critical eye on its progress. They came away less than impressed. “I thought we were building an average practice facility,” said Neal Hawks, a Dallas real estate developer and son of NU regent and longtime Husker athletic contributor Howard Hawks. “It was going to be nice, but I thought we could do better.”
Neal Hawks' frame of reference for such buildings comes from a lesser-known family tie. He is a brother-in-law of Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban (the two men's wives are sisters). Cuban has spent millions of his personal fortune on facilities often cited as the NBA's best, and Hawks has inside knowledge of them and others in that league. Howard Hawks, during his first in-depth look at early work on the Hendricks Complex, also furrowed his brow.
Chicago Bulls Seek Guidance From Nebrasketball Facilities
Posted July 01, 2012 - 09:08 AM
Posted September 03, 2012 - 05:30 PM
Hi from a new member on this site and a fellow Nebraskan! Is there any particular place in Lincoln where Lakers fans tend to congregate to watch the games? If so, where?
UNL basketball team is a joke, football ftw.
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