Sam

Haiby

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Guard
Height: 5'9"
Year: Sophomore
City/State: Moorhead, Minn.
High School: Moorhead
Major: Undeclared

Bio

Q&A with Sam Haiby

Honors & Awards

  • Big Ten Freshman of the Week (Feb. 4, 2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2019)
  • No. 122 Player in the Nation (Prospects Nation, 2018)
  • No. 125 Player in the Nation (Blue Star, 2018)
  • No. 28 Guard in the Nation (ESPN, 2018)
  • First-Team Minnesota Class 4A All-State (2017)

Freshman (2018-19)
Sam Haiby (pronounced HY-bee) provided a spark for Nebraska off the bench for all 30 games throughout the season. Nebraska’s second-leading scorer, Haiby averaged 10.0 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.6 assists.

The 5-9 guard from Moorhead, Minn., scored in double figures 15 times, including each of the final four games of the season. 
Haiby erupted for a career-high 20 points - all after halftime - at Washington State (Nov. 16). She recorded her best Big Ten effort with 17 points against Indiana (Feb. 3) and had 17 more at Creighton (Dec. 2).
She was named the Big Ten Freshman of the Week after averaging 15.0 points on 10-of-15 shooting at Purdue (Jan. 31) and Indiana (Feb. 3).
She closed the regular season with a team-high 16 points in a win at Penn State (March 2), including 12 points in the fourth quarter. She also had 16 points in a win over No. 23 Minnesota (Jan. 20). She scored six in the fourth quarter including NU’s final four points of the game to seal the victory. She added 16 more to go along with a career-high three steals at Arkansas (Dec. 18). 
Haiby scored 14 points at No. 24 Miami. She also led NU with 13 points in her college debut against Drake (Nov. 7). She added 13 points with a career-high three threes in a win at Purdue (Jan. 31). 
She scored 12 points on four occasions, including No. 5 Louisville (Nov. 29), Michigan (Dec. 28), No. 12 Iowa (Feb. 25) and at the Big Ten Tournament against Purdue (March 7). She added 11 points in a win at Northwestern (Feb. 21) after getting 11 at No. 7 Maryland (Feb. 14).
Haiby had a strong all-around game with seven points and career highs of six rebounds, eight assists and a block in a win over Denver (Dec. 15). 

Before Nebraska
Haiby was ranked as the No. 122 player in the country by Prospects Nation and the No. 125 player in the nation by Blue Star. She was also ranked as the No. 28 guard in the country by ESPN.

She overcame an early season knee injury as a senior to average 25.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game, including a monstrous 46-point performance in a 54-49 win over White Bear Lake on Dec. 10, 2017.

It followed a 45-point effort in a win over Brainerd on Nov. 28. Haiby finished her high school career with more than 2,000 points.

As a junior, she averaged 22.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, 4.4 assists and 4.1 steals, including a huge 44-point performance against Fargo Shanley on Jan. 17, 2017. A first-team Minnesota Class 4A selection for Coach Jed Carlson at Moorhead, Haiby finished her junior season with 1,856 career points.

Haiby played her club basketball alongside Husker teammate Kayla Mershon for North Tartan and Coach Gerard Coury. Haiby was a part of five consecutive Minnesota State AAU championships with North Tartan.

In addition to playing basketball, Haiby was a starting shortstop and pitcher on Moorhead High School’s baseball team in the spring of 2017. She was the first pitcher to ever throw a pitch in U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, taking the mound for the Spuds against the Sartell Sabres at the home of the Minnesota Vikings and Super Bowl LII in the Twin Cities.

She also became the first female in history to pitch a scoreless inning in a Minnesota High School boys baseball game in the spring of 2017.

Personal
The daughter of Jay Haiby and Janet Haiby, Samantha Rae Brianna Haiby was born Sept. 25, 1999 in St. Louis, Mo. She has an older brother, Andrew. She has not declared a major. She earned a spot on the Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll in the fall of 2018. She was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2019.

Sam is a friend of current Nebraska soccer player Allison Ulness, who was also a Moorhead Spud.

Haiby, who chose Nebraska over Minnesota, Arizona, Creighton, North Dakota State, South Dakota and South Dakota State, said she chose Nebraska because of the overall feel of the program.

“It felt like home,” Haiby said. “I formed a great relationship with the coaches, and the support from Husker Nation is unbelievable.”

Sam Haiby's Career Bests
Points - 20 at Washington State, Nov. 16, 2018 
Rebounds - 6 at Wisconsin, Jan. 27, 2019; vs. Denver, Dec. 15, 2018 
Assists - 8 vs. Denver, Dec. 15, 2018 
Steals - 3 Three times, most recent at Illinois, Jan. 17, 2019
Blocks - 1 Three times, most recent vs. Purdue, March 7, 2019 
FGM - 8 at Washington State, Nov. 16, 2018 
FGA - 15 at Washington State, Nov. 16, 2018 
3FGM - 3 at Purdue, Jan. 31, 2019 
3FGA - 4 at Penn State, March 2, 2019; at Purdue, Jan. 31, 2019
FTM - 10 at Penn State, March 2, 2019 
FTA - 11 at Creighton, Dec. 2, 2018

Haiby's Career Statistics

Year

G-GS

FG-FGA

Pct.

3P-3PA

Pct.

FT-FTA

Pct.

TRB-Avg.

PF-D

A

TO

Blk

ST

Pts-Avg.

2018-19

30-0

105-241

.436

15-48

.313

76-106

.717

90-3.0

46-0

78

49

3

25

301-10.0

Career

30-0

105-241

.436

15-48

.313

76-106

.717

90-3.0

46-0

78

49

25

301-10.0

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