Honors & Awards
- Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2012; Spring 2013)
Christopher Niemann (pronounced NEE-man) earned the most playing time of his Husker career following injuries to Andre Almeida and Jorge Brian Diaz. He has seen action in 24 games, totaling six points and averaging a rebound a game over 5.5 minutes per contest. Niemann has overcome three knee surguries, including a pair of torn ACLs, during his college career.
After playing a total of 36 minutes in 2010-11, Niemann nearly eclipsed that total in the first three games of the year, as he averaged 10 minutes per game in that span. Against South Dakota, he grabbed three rebounds in 10 minutes before scoring two points in eight minutes of work in the double overtime win at USC on Nov. 14. He was also active in the Huskers' win over Rhode Island on Nov. 20, scoring a basket and matching his season best with three rebounds. He played sporadic minutes the rest of the non-conference slate with a high of nine minutes against Central Michigan.
In Big Ten play, Niemann handled the bulk of the minutes in the post in the first three games while Jorge Brian Diaz recovered from an injury. After playing six minutes against Wisconsin on Dec. 27, he put together one of his best efforts against No. 16 Michigan State on Dec. 31, setting season bests in rebounds (three) and steals (two) over a career-high 14 minutes against the Spartans. He logged double figure minutes for the second straight game against Ohio State on Jan. 3, as he grabbed a pair of rebounds in 14 minutes against the Buckeyes. He logged just seven minutes over the next seven games as Diaz returned to the lineup, but has seen more action in the last three games as Diaz has been sidelined again. He had two points and a rebound in eight minutes at Purdue on Feb. 22, and also grabbed two rebounds in three minutes of action against Iowa on Feb. 29.
Niemann made his long-awaited Husker debut in 2010-11, overcoming a pair of ACL tears over the previous two years. After missing the first 10 games after arthroscopic knee surgery, Niemann made his Husker debut against Eastern Washington on Dec. 18, hitting a field goal and grabbing a rebound in seven minutes. His most extensive action came three days later when he had two points and four rebounds over a season-high nine minutes against Grambling. He saw action in three conference games, including five minutes at Kansas State when Andre Almeida was sidelined with a sprained ankle. Niemann closed the season by playing eight minutes in the NIT against Wichita State.
2009-10 (Medical Redshirt)
Niemann had hopes of seeing the first action of his Nebraska career in 2009-10, as he was expected to be a key frontcourt player -- and possible starter -- for the Huskers. Those plans were put on hold in late August after he suffered the second ACL tear of his career during a non-basketball conditioning session, forcing him to miss the entire season.
Niemann was unable to play because of an NCAA ruling on his amateur status while playing in his native Germany. He practiced with the team throughout the fall and all of the regular season and gave the Nebraska scout team a large target in the paint. His presence - and height - would have been valuable for the shortest team in Division I, as he made a favorable impression on his coaches and teammates. Unfortunately, Niemann's progress was hindered as he suffered a torn ACL during the last week of the regular season that required surgery. His rehabilitation went well until late August when he tore the same ACL for the second time in six months. He was named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll during his first semester at Nebraska in the fall of 2008.
Niemann signed with the Cornhuskers in November of 2007 and was one of two scholarship newcomers for the 2008-09 campaign. After signing with the Huskers, Niemann put on nearly 30 pounds of muscle to his frame before arriving in Lincoln.
Niemann played with Erdgas Ehingen/Urspringschule where he made solid contributions by hitting nearly 50 percent from the field and averaged about five points and five rebounds per game. He helped the team to a 16-16 record in the 2007-08 season.
A year earlier, Niemann helped Urspringschule win the under 19 national championship. During the regular season, Niemann averaged 9.8 points per game, but caught fire in the playoffs, helping the team with 14.8 points and 8.0 rebounds per contest while advancing to the championship. When Niemann found his offensive rhythm, he helped the squad to an 11-1 record and the first of two straight titles for the school. Niemann is a native of Kühlungsborn, Germany.
Christopher is the son of Katrin Niemann, and was born on Dec. 9, 1988. He earned his bachelor's degree from Nebraska in May of 2012 in computer science and computer engineering.