Borchardt's production much more than numbers

    Nebraska's Tanner Borchardt looks to his bench during a Dec. 2, 2018 game at Pinnacle Bank Arena. (KHGI)

    Fourteen points scored.

    Two assists, three steals and four blocks.

    On the season.

    "I think Tanner (Borchardt) has done a tremendous job for us," head coach Tim Miles said. "He plays really good screen and roll defense, he rebounds really well."

    Pound for pound, Tanner Borchardt is statistically the second best rebounder on the roster but numbers don't do what he brings to Nebraska much justice.

    "The screen and roll defense is very important," Miles said. "That's where him being an offensive lineman in high school and being a football recruit, he's got good feet. Better feet than you realize."

    Borchardt was a three-sport athlete at Gothenburg (Neb.) High School, playing the aforementioned football, basketball and was a thrower for the Swedes track and field team. He was good at all three as a prep student-athlete. In the hotel lobby prior to the Saturday of the 2015 Nebraska State Track Meet, Borchardt told me he had no real interest in competing collegiately despite interest from a variety of schools and chose to enroll at Nebraska as a student.

    His first semester on campus didn't even come to a close before he had participated in an open tryout with the Cornhuskers and was opted into the team as a walk-on.

    After limited playing time during his freshman season, he left the program only to rejoin as a sophomore on Feb. 2, 2017.

    The rest, as they say, is history. Borchardt has been a solid secondary option at the center position for Nebraska during his final season.

    "(Borchardt's) done a lot to help us and the guys love having him out there."

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