Sophomore walk-on Kye Kurkowski, who has added more than 25 pounds to his frame since he arrived on campus in August of 2010, earned his first action on the court last season, appearing in two contests for the Huskers.
Kurkowski has good length and athleticism for his size and possesses solid touch around the basket. As he continues to add strength, he could eventually earn more playing time as the season progresses.
2011-12 (Redshirt Freshman)
Kurkowski made two appearances on the season, but did not record any statistics. The 6-foot-10 forward made his Husker debut in the final two minutes against Illinois on Feb. 20, and also played the final minute against Purdue in the Big Ten Tournament on March 8.
Kurkowski redshirted and used the year to put on additional strength and weight.
Kurkowski was a standout player for Coach Shawn Cole at Perkins County High School, a Class C-2 school in Grant, Neb.
Kurkowski was a first-team all-conference and all-district performer as a senior, averaging 12.9 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.9 blocks per game in 2009-10. He reached double figures in rebounding in 11 of 21 games as a senior and had five games with at least six blocked shots.
His best performance as a senior came in a 27-point performance against Dundy County, when he hit 11-of-14 shots from the floor and added 11 rebounds and a pair of steals. He also had a triple-double against Chase County with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 10 blocked shots.
He became a full-time starter during his junior campaign, when he averaged 8.6 points, 8.2 rebounds and 3.5 blocked shots per game.
In addition to his basketball exploits, he lettered four times in football and three years in track, giving him 10 varsity letters. Kurkowski was an accomplished student, finishing his career with a 4.0 GPA and ranking in the top five in his senior class. He was an academic all-state selection by the Lincoln Journal Star and was a member of the High Honor Roll at Perkins County. His success in the classroom qualified him for a Regents Scholarship at Nebraska.
Kye is the son of Kelvin and Judy Kurkowski and was born on Dec. 25, 1991. He has three brothers, Max, Ross and Zak, and two sisters, Nileelle and Jaclyn. Kurkowski is an agricultural engineering major at Nebraska.