Honors & Awards
• Academic All-Big Ten (2017)
• Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2015, 2017; Spring 2016, 2017)
• Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2016)
Walk-on Tanner Borchardt (pronounced BOR-kart) in his third season with the Husker basketball program, but first while going through a full offseason program. Borchardt played as a freshman after earning a spot in tryouts before rejoining the team last February. The 6-foot-8, 265 pounder moves well for his size and is in the best shape of his college career. He will look to add depth in the frontcourt and provide a physical presence during practice.
Borchardt rejoined the Husker program on Feb. 2, 2017, and served as a valuable practice player for the Huskers. He appeared in one game, playing the final minute against Penn State on Feb. 14.
A late addition to the Husker roster, Borchardt joined the Husker roster after making the team in an open tryout in October. He appeared in eight contests, totaling six points and nine rebounds in 28 minutes of work. He set season bests in points (four) and rebounds (two) in four minutes of work against Mississippi Valley State in the opener on Nov. 14. It marked one of three games where he grabbed two rebounds, as he also did twice against Rutgers (Jan. 9 and Feb. 3). In all, he grabbed at least one rebound in six of his eight appearances.
Borchardt was a multi-sport standout at Gothenburg High School, and was a finalist for the Lincoln Journal Star Male Athlete of the Year. On the basketball court, he totaled 1,191 career points, 875 rebounds and 186 blocks during his four-year career. As a senior, he averaged 16.8 points, 12.5 rebounds, 2.7 blocks and 2.4 assists per game, earning second-team Class C-1 honors. His best performance came against Cozad when he had 29 points and 22 rebounds. In addition to his basketball exploits, he was a first-team all-state defensive lineman who averaged nearly seven tackles per game and also won the all-class Gold Medal at the state track meet in the shot put with a throw of 59-6. Borchardt was recruited by several Division I programs in football, including Wyoming, Colorado State and Ohio among others. He was also an excellent performer in the classroom, as he was named valedictorian of his class and was an Academic All-State pick by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Tanner is the son of Mark and Annette Borchardt, and was born on Jan. 7, 1997, in Lincoln. He has one older brother, Travis, and two sisters, Tressa and Tasia. Borchardt is a management major at Nebraska. He earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2017. He is a four-time member of the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll. He was also named to the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team.