Freshman Tim Wagner is the lone walk-on in this year's recruiting class, as the 6-foot-3 guard hails from Galesville, Wis. Wagner adds depth and shooting ability to the Husker backcourt, but will be sidelined for the season after suffering a fractured left ankle during a practice on Oct. 2. Because of the injury, he will redshirt this year but should be close to 100 percent by the end of the season.
As a senior at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School, he averaged 23.5 points per game en route to earning conference player-of-the-year honors and helping his team to a sectional finals appearance in 2013. An exceptional student, Wagner carried a 3.95 GPA in high school and majors in math education at NU. The Wagner family has been close to Husker basketball coach Tim Miles for nearly three decades, as Tim Wagner's father, Mark, attended the University of Mary in North Dakota with Miles back in the 1980s. Tim Wagner joins fellow freshmen Nick Fuller as the first Wisconsin natives to play basketball at Nebraska since Keith Neubert - who played professional basketball in Europe and in the NFL before becoming an actor - in the mid-1980s.
Wagner spent four years playing for his father, Mark at Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau High School. Tim totaled 1,354 points, 249 rebounds, 280 assists and 83 steals during his high school career.
As a senior, Wagner averaged 23.8 points per game, was the Winona Daily News Boys High School Player of the Year and the Coulee Conference Player of the Year, as he led G-E-T to a 20-5 record and an appearance in the sectional finals. He was chosen as a Division 3 all-state pick as a senior, a season highlighted by a 41-point effort against Blair-Taylor. As a junior, he earned honorable-mention all-conference honors, averaging 14.1 points and 3.1 assists per game as G-E-T went 26-2 with a state runner-up finish after reaching the state tournament for the first time in more than 50 years. He played AAU ball with the Wisconsin Jets for Coach Matt Majkrzak. He was selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association All-Star game, where he scored 19 points, including 4-of-9 from 3-point range, to lead the Division 3 North squad to a 100-71 win. As a junior, he was a first-team All-Coulee and second-team all-area selection, averaging 14.1 points and 3.5 assists per game. He also averaged 10.8 points per game while starting as a sophomore to earn second-team all-conference accolades.
Wagner also excelled in the classroom, posting a 3.95 GPA and was an academic all-state selection in basketball. A four-year academic all-conference pick in basketball, he also played baseball for three seasons at G-E-T. Wagner turned down a scholarship from Winona State to walk-on at Nebraska.
Tim is the son of Mark and Nancy Wagner and was born on Dec. 9, 1994, in Wisconsin Rapids, Wis. He is the oldest of three kids with one younger brother, Nick, and one younger sister, Alexis. Tim is majoring in math education at Nebraska.