There is quite a bit of hope and excitement surrounding the Nebraska basketball team these days. Fred Hoiberg appears to be the man who can start winning more on the court starting this season. There is also a very good groundwork laid for 2020 and beyond. That groundwork was mostly laid by Tim Miles, to his credit. Hoiberg has managed to keep the foundation in place that could mean sustained success for the program. For now, two 4-star commits in the 2020 class means that the Huskers are inside the Top 10 for both of the top recruiting services in the country.

New faces and new places

While Hoiberg came into the Nebraska basketball program ready to reshape the look of the Huskers to more match his style, he was wise to leave the two 2020 commits untouched and undamaged. While the new head coach worked overtime to bring in JUCO and grad transfers, he's well aware of the fact that sustained success means that he needs to grab great high school talent as well.

Rivals has just released it's Rivals150 rankings and both D'Andre Davis and Donovan Williams made the cut. Williams is the higher ranked of the two, coming in at 106. While Davis is close behind at 111. As Robin Washut pointed out, that marks the first time since the 2016 class that the Nebraska basketball team had multiple commits on the list.

That year, it was Isaiah Roby (113), Jeriah Horne (122) and Jordy Tshimanga (150). While it's certainly a matter of degrees, that also means the 2020 class also has two higher ranked commits for the Cornhuskers than that trio.

Rivals has both Davis and Williams as 4-star recruits and that is the first time the Huskers have had multiple 4-star commits in Rivals' system since the 2015 class.

All of this means the Nebraska basketball team is ranked ninth in the country among 2020 recruiting classes. They are actually a bit better when it comes to 247Sports. That recruiting service currently has them ranked as the sixth-best recruiting class in the nation.

Nebraska basketball hanging with the big boys

Those rankings mean that both recruiting services have the Huskers as the second-best recruiting class in the Big Ten, just behind Purdue.

The Boilermakers are ranked third in the country by 247Sports. Purdue is ranked second in the nation by Rivals. The Big Ten, in general, appears to be having a great year recruiting wise. That makes it all the more important that Fred Hoiberg keep it going.

According to Rivals, Michigan State (10), Michigan (11) and Northwestern (12) are all immediately behind Nebraska. Maryland and Wisconsin are also in the Top 20, though there are a ton of ties so it's hard to tell where they would be when the smoke clears. In 247's list, Michigan is the only other B1G school in the Top 15 (11) but Michigan State is 17th, Maryland is 18th, Wisconsin is 21st and Northwestern is 23rd.