Diaz battled foot injuries for most of the season, averaging 8.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in 16 games. He would have ranked second in the Big Ten in blocked shots per game, but did not play in enough games to qualify for league rankings, as he missed 14 games with foot injuries. He had eight games with at least two blocked shots, including five each against South Dakota on Nov. 11 and Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 7.
Diaz played some of the best basketball of his career early in the year. He averaged 10.9 points, 4.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots per game through the Huskers' first nine games before he was forced to the sideline for five games with a foot injury. He opened the season with 11 points and a career-high five blocked shots against South Dakota on Nov. 11. Diaz nearly had a double-double in a double overtime win at USC three days later when he had 10 points, eight rebounds and three blocked shots, while also limiting USC's Dewayne Dedmon to four points on 1-of-6 shooting. Diaz's best offensive game of the year was in a loss to Oregon on Nov. 23 when he had a season-high 21 points on 8-of-11 shooting, six rebounds and three blocked shots. It was one of five double-figure efforts in his first nine games of the year.
Diaz posted his second five-blocked shot effort against Florida Gulf Coast on Dec. 7 and had nine points, five rebounds and three blocks in a comeback win over TCU.
In Big Ten play, he came off the bench following his return to action against Illinois on Jan. 7, when he had nine points and three rebounds. His best offensive performance in Big Ten play came in the Huskers' 70-69 win over No. 11 Indiana, when he finished with 11 points and four rebounds. In that game, he went 4-of-5 from the free throw line, hitting a pair of free throws with 11 seconds left to give the Huskers their first lead of the second half.
Diaz put together a solid sophomore year, averaging 10.5 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game. He started 30 games and ranked second on the team in scoring, rebounding and blocked shots while shooting 54 percent. Diaz finished eighth in the Big 12 in blocked shots, and had 14 games with at least two blocks.
Diaz reached double figures 17 times, including a stretch of six consecutive games to close out the non-conference schedule, when he averaged 13.2 points on 67 percent shooting. Included in that streak was his first career double-double, a 13-point, 12-rebound effort at TCU.
Diaz keyed NU's win over No. 13 Texas A&M on Jan. 29 , scoring 16 points, grabbing five rebounds and blocking a pair of shots. The performance was more notable, as he played after the death of his aunt the day before the game and flew back to Puerto Rico following the game. Diaz overcame a slow start in Big 12 play to average 11.3 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game over the Huskers' final eight contests. He began the closing stretch with 17 points on 7-of-9 shooting and three blocked shots in NU's first win at Oklahoma since 1999. He posted his second double-double at Iowa State with a season-high 18 points and 11 rebounds, including nine offensive boards. Diaz closed the year with 12 points and eight rebounds against Wichita State in the NIT.
2009-10 (Redshirt Freshman)
Diaz posted one of the best freshman campaigns for a Husker post player in school history, averaging 8.8 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.2 blocked shots per game. Diaz hit a team-high 52.2 percent from the floor and ranked fourth on the Nebraska freshman chart for field goals made, eighth in points (291) and 10th in points per game (8.82). Diaz also ranked seventh on the NU freshman chart in rebounds with 133, including a season-high 12 against Chicago State. He added 11 boards against USC Upstate in his first career game. His strong performance on the boards was not Diaz's only contribution on the defensive end, as he ranked ninth in the Big 12 in blocked shots and set a school freshman mark with 41 rejections.
Offensively, Diaz provided a consistent presence in the paint, as he posted between nine and 15 points in 16 games, and added a pair of 20-point contests. With a season-best 22 points against TCU (on 9-of-10 shooting) and 20 points and nine rebounds at No. 1 Kansas, Diaz became just the eighth Husker freshman in history to post multiple 20-point games. Two of his most proficient games came against Kansas, as he combined to hit 16-of-27 shots from the field while averaging 17.5 points and 6.5 rebounds. In seven games against ranked teams, Diaz averaged 10.9 points on 53 percent shooting and 3.3 rebounds per game. His strongest stretch came in three straight games against Oklahoma, No. 7 Kansas State and No. 1 Kansas when he averaged 14.3 points and 6.3 rebounds on 50 percent shooting.
After originally attempting to come to NU at the beginning of the fall semester, Diaz was finally admitted to the University and joined the Nebraska basketball team on Jan. 17, 2009, and redshirted.
Diaz came to Nebraska from Puerto Rico, where he grew up and played high school basketball in his hometown for Coach Leonel Arill at Colegio Bautista de Caguas. He averaged about 17 points, 10 rebounds and three blocked shots per game in 2007-08 under Arill, who helped Diaz and the Caguas team to a national title in 2006.
Diaz has also played on the Puerto Rican Under-19 National Team, traveling to many international tournaments, including playing in Serbia in 2007, where he was first seen by the Nebraska coaching staff.
Jorge Brian was born Nov. 13, 1989. He is the son of Nilda Hernandez and Jorge Diaz, and he has one sister, Natalie Diaz. Jorge Brian was born in Bronx, N.Y., and lived there until he was three years old before moving to his hometown of Caguas, Puerto Rico. He majors in Spanish at NU.