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Eric Piatkowski finished his career with the Huskers as one of the most, if not the most, decorated player in school history. Piatkowski etched his name into the Husker career and single-season record books, ending up with 1,934 career points, behind only Dave Hoppen for the most in school history. Piatkowski averaged 21.5 points per game as a senior, including a NU single-game record 42 points in the Big Eight Tournament against Oklahoma. Piatkowski led the team to the Big Eight title and was named tournament MVP for his efforts, as he averaged 25.3 points and 5.7 rebounds in the Huskers' three wins. He scored 23 points and grabbed eight rebounds in NU's loss to Pennsylvania in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. The first-team All-Big Eight selection was fourth in the Big Eight in scoring, 10th in steals and eighth in free throw percentage. Piatkowski was first on the team in scoring and three-point shooting, and second in rebounding, blocks and steals.
Piatkowski was a first-team All-Big Eight pick by the Associated Press, the Big Eight coaches and the conference players, the first NU player honored since Dave Hoppen earned the last of three-straight such awards during the 1985-86 season, and the first NU guard to be so honored since Jack Moore in 1982...also was a member of the USBWA District V all-star squad and was a second-team NABC District 12 pick...was named the CBS/Chevrolet Nebraska Player-of-the-Game after pouring in a then-career-high 29 points in the Huskers' first round NCAA Tournament loss to New Mexico State...was 10-of-14 from the field vs. the Aggies, including three-of-five from 3-point range and six-of-eight from the line...the John R. Wooden Award candidate netted 24 points against Iowa State, including the game-winning basket with 11 seconds to play...only the fourth player in school history to reach the 1,000-point mark before the end of his junior season, joining Hoppen, Jerry Fort and Andre Smith...tallied 502 points, the ninth-best single-season effort in school history...led the Huskers and ranked fifth in the Big Eight in scoring with a 16.7 average...earned Jack Moore Award as Husker team MVP...scored in double figures 25 times, including eight 20-or-better efforts...led or shared team lead in scoring 21 times...also led Nebraska in minutes played (894) and 3-point percentage (.372), was second in free throw percentage (.760), tied for second with Bruce Chubick in rebounding (5.7), third in steals (33) and assists (75), fourth in field goal percentage (.485) and sixth in blocked shots (eight)...was eighth in the Big Eight in 3-point percentage, ninth in free throw percentage and tied for eighth in 3-pointers made per game (1.6)...in conference games only, he was sixth in scoring (16.6 ppg), eighth in field goal percentage (.482), fourth in free throw percentage (.827), fifth in three point percentage (.397) and seventh in three pointers made per game (1.8)...his 48 3-point goals equaled the fourth-best single-season effort in school history, while his percentage ranked as the ninth-best in school history...passed out a season-high five assists seven times...was named the Ameritas Classic MVP and the Phillips 66 Big Eight Player-of-the-Week after leading Nebraska to its fifth consecutive title by averaging 24 points and 12.5 rebounds in two games...had 23 points and a career-high 16 rebounds in the championship win over Kent State...over the summer, he played on the United States' World University Games team...only the second Nebraska men's basketball player ever to play in the Games, Piatkowski averaged 9.7 points and 3.1 rebounds per game...hit 56.0 percent of his field goals for the gold-medal winning team and hit 50.0 percent from 3-point range...scored a team-high 19 points in the United States' 103-73 victory over Italy and was in double-digits in two other games.
Earned honorable-mention All-Big Eight honors for the second straight season...led the Cornhuskers and ranked 11th in the Big Eight in scoring with a 14.3 average...his 14.7 average in conference play ranked as the league's ninth-best mark...scored in double figures 24 times, including six 20-point-or-better outings...netted a then-career-high 28 points in Huskers' 106-101 win at Southern Utah...hit for a Big Eight career-high 25 points at Oklahoma...was third on the team and eighth in the Big Eight in rebounding at 6.3 per game...pulled down five or more rebounds 21 times, including 15 boards against Eastern Washington...led team in minutes (873), was second in free throw percentage (.725) and assists (97)...hit 76.1 percent from the free throw line in conference play...NU was 13-0 when he shot 50 percent or better from the field...had five or more assists nine times...started 28 of 29 games...ranked ninth in the Big Eight in 3-point shooting for league games only at 38.7 percent...led NU backcourt players in blocked shots (18)...named to the Ameritas Classic All-Tournament Team...on Nebraska's 1992 European tour, he averaged a team-high 19.3 points per game.
A member of the Big Eight's all-freshman team, captain of UPI's all-bench team and an honorable-mention All-Big Eight pick by UPI...averaged 10.9 points and 3.7 rebounds per game overall, 11.4 points and 3.1 rebounds in Big Eight play...scored a then-career-high 22 points against Missouri in Lincoln, an effort aided by a then-school-record six 3-point goals (nine attempts)...appeared in all 34 games during the Huskers' record-setting 26-8 season, which tied the school record and broke the NU mark for freshman appearances...also set NU freshman records for 3-pointers made (44) and attempted (127)...led the Huskers and ranked third in the Big Eight in free throw shooting at 83.7 percent...his effort at the free throw line was the best ever by a Nebraska freshman and the 10th-best single-season effort in school history...he hit 81.8 percent at the free throw line in conference play, the fourth-best mark in the league...tallied 372 points for the season, the third-highest total ever recorded by a Husker freshman, behind Dave Hoppen's 445 in 1982-83 and Jerry Fort's 376 in 1972-73...his 10.9 scoring average was the third-best mark among Big Eight freshmen, behind Oklahoma's Jeff Webster (18.3 ppg) and Missouri's Jevon Crudup (12.0 ppg)...a double-figure scorer 19 times...grabbed five or more rebounds 11 times with a high of nine vs. Oklahoma in the Big Eight Tournament...played for Minnesota Coach Clem Haskins' 4-0 gold-medal winning North team at the 1991 U.S. Olympic Festival at Los Angeles...he was the North's second-leading scorer at 11.8 points per game.
Piatkowski's Career NU Records
Points: 1,934 (2nd)
Scoring Average: 15.7 (8th)
Field Goals Made: 676 (3rd)
Field Goals Attempted: 1,436 (2nd)
3-Point Field Goals Made: 202 (2nd)
3-Point Field Goals Attempted: 564 (2nd)
Free Throws Made: 380 (3rd)
Free Throws Attempted: 489 (6th)
Free Throw Percentage: .777 (8th)
Rebounds: 664 (10th)
Assists: 322 (10th)
Blocked Shots: 64 (10th)
Games Played: 123 (t-8th)
Piatkowski's Career Highs
Points: 42, vs. Oklahoma, 3/11/94 (school single-game record)
Rebounds: 14, vs. Colorado, 1/8/94; Kent State, 12/5/92
Assists: 8, vs. Portland, 12/4/93
Piatkowski's Career Stats
|1990-91||34-1||679||128-275||.465||44-127||.346||72-86||.837||125-3.7||68|| 18|| 22||372-10.9|
|1991-92||29-28||873||144-338||.426||47-136||.346||79-109||.725||184-6.3||97|| 18|| 21||414-14.3|
|1992-93||30-30||894||178-367||.485||48-129||.372||98-129||.760||171-5.7|| 75|| 8|| 33||502-16.7|
|1993-94||30-30||972||226-456||.496||63-172||.366||131-165||.794||189-6.3|| 82|| 20|| 46||646-21.5|