Head coach Doc Sadler has landed his third JUCO commitment for the Nebraska class of 2012 in big man Fahro Alihodzic. The 6’9″ Alihodzic plays at Southeastern CC in Burlington, Iowa and is the fifth overall member of the Huskers class.
Originally from Bosnia, Alihodzic played high school ball at St. Francis de Sales in Toledo, Ohio and committed to play at Fordham University. He started 14 times as a freshman in 2009-2010 and appeared in every game for the Rams, averaging 4.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 22.3 minutes per game. He shot 41% from the field and only averaged 1.4 turnovers per game.
According to the Fordham athletics site, Alihodzic spent seven years with the English club team the Leicester Cannons before coming to America. However, after appearing in just 12 minutes over 3 games in his sophomore season, Alihodzic transferred away from the University.
Alihodzic will provide Nebraska with a big body on both ends of the court. He will also bring with him experience, as a JUCO and mid-major basketball player. In 2012, the Huskers will still have a few centers on the roster, including 6-11 current junior Jorge Brian Diaz, but Alihodzic will certainly be a viable option at the power forward position. He and JUCO transfer Keith Coleman are the only big men currently committed in 2012, so there should be enough playing time to go around.
Sadler is no stranger to recruiting junior college or transfer prospects. The current Nebraska roster boasts six players that have experience in other programs. As stated before, Alihodzic is the third JUCO transfer coming in next season. The Huskers also have a relatively international team, with players from Germany, Brazil, Puerto Rico and now Bosnia.