Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017)
Thorir Thorbjarnarson (pronounced Thor-EAR thorb-YAR-nar-son) was one of three true freshmen to earn playing time, as while working on the scout team against All-Big Ten guard James Palmer Jr. and seniors Anton Gill and Evan Taylor. Thorbjarnarson played in nine games, totaling eight points, four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes of work. His best performance of the year came in the win over Delaware State on Dec. 22, when he had six points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and an assist in a season-high four minutes of work. He also had a basket, rebound, assist and steal in just two minutes of action against Marist on Nov. 24. He also appeared in three Big Ten games, as well as the Big Ten Tournament opener against No. 13 Michigan at Madison Square Garden. He tallied two rebounds and an assist in the win over No. 23 Michigan on Jan. 18.
Thorbjarnarson has been one of the top youth players in Iceland, playing in the country's top league as well as in the national team program. Thorbjarnarson made his national team debut in 2017, representing his nation in the Small States of Europe event, helping Iceland to a third-place finish. He also played for the U-20 national team at the FIBA European Championships in Greece, averaging 7.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game. At the 2016 FIBA U-18 European Championships, Thorbjarnarson was the third-leading scorer in the tournament, averaging 19.6 points per game, including a 39-point effort and three other 30-point games. He also chipped in 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 4.9 steals per game. In 2016, he was selected as MVP of the Nordic Championships with the U-18 team, including a 33-point performance in the finals to lead Iceland to victory. Thorbjarnarson played for KR Reykjavik in the Icelandic League for the past three years, helping the team to three straight titles and a pair of Icelandic Cups in 2016 and 2017. Last year, he averaged 10.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game for a team that went 26-8 and won the league championship in the top pro league in the country. Throbjarnarson shot 53 percent from the field, including 38 percent from 3-point range and was selected as the top young player in the league. He also considered UMass, UConn, Utah, Drexel and UAB before signing with Nebraska.
The son of Thorbjorn Jonsson and Hildur Fridleifsdottir, Thorir was born on May 26, 1998, in Akureyri, Iceland. Thorir graduated from Menntaskólinn i Reykjavik in May of 2017. He has three older brothers, Leifur, Jon Askell and Kristofer. Thorir is undecided on his major, but he did earn a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2017.