Almeida reached double figures three times on the season, matching his career high with 20 points and 11 rebounds in a win at Wake Forest. His effort against the Demon Deacons keyed Nebraska's first-ever win in the ACC/Big Ten Challenge, as he hit 9-of-10 shots from the floor and also blocked three shots in a career-best 27 minutes of action to earn Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honors. He also had 19 points against Nebraska-Omaha and 10 points in a win over Tulane. Against UNO, Almeida hit 9-of-11 shots from the floor and grabbed seven rebounds. In the win over Tulane, he also added four blocked shots and six rebounds in a four-point win.
His biggest impact was on the defensive end, when he had three or more blocked shots eight times, including four each against Tulane and Creighton. He also had 10 games with at least five rebounds, including 11 at Wake Forest and eight against No. 11 Ohio State.
Almeida battled injuries in conference play, as he missed four games with injuries and averaged just 12.6 minutes in Big Ten play. His best offensive effort came against Purdue when he had eight points and four rebounds in 18 minutes, while he also had six points, three rebounds and three blocks in a home win over Penn State and four points, a conference-best eight rebounds and three blocks against Ohio State. Almeida also played a crucial role in NU's Senior Night win over Minnesota, when he had four points, five rebounds and three blocks in 18 minutes of action.
Almeida, who had 12 games with at least two blocks, provided his biggest contributions at the offensive end. He reached double figures five times, including a career-high 20 points in his debut against South Dakota. In that game, he connected on nine of 12 shots and became only the second Husker newcomer in the last 40 years to score 20 or more points in a debut. He also pulled down seven rebounds against USD, one of nine games with five or more caroms. That was one of three games he reached double figures before conference action, as he had 11 points and six rebounds in 22 minutes against Alcorn State and 10 points, four rebounds and four blocks against North Dakota.
In conference action, he enjoyed his best performances in some of the Huskers' biggest games. At No. 3 Kansas, Almeida nearly helped the Huskers upset the Jayhawks, coming off the bench for 10 points and seven rebounds. He keyed NU's win over No. 3 Texas, hitting all five shots from the field and adding five rebounds and two blocks against a talented Longhorn front line en route to Big 12 Rookie-of-the Week honors.
A 2010 NJCAA Division I third-team All-American, Almeida averaged 13.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 4.5 blocks per contest in 2009-10. He ranked seventh nationally in shooting percentage at 67.3 percent (140-of-208) and fifth in blocked shots (4.5 per game) despite sitting out the final six games after having his appendix removed. A first-team all-league and all-region selection, he had a season-high 30-point effort against Glendale Community College. Almeida also totaled 11 double-doubles on the year. Defensively, he had a pair of 15-rebound games and four games with seven or more blocked shots. Almeida also chipped in 57 assists and 29 steals in helping Arizona Western to a 24-8 record, including a 16-point victory over eventual national champion Howard College. Arizona Western was ranked as high as 13th nationally before Almeida was sidelined.
Almeida led AWC to a 26-6 record as a freshman, including an 18-4 mark in conference action, to finish 17th in NJCAA Division I. Almeida averaged 13.8 points while leading the nation in field-goal percentage by connecting on 71 percent (184-of-261) from the floor. He also led the league in blocked shots with 3.5 per game (112 total) while adding 7.9 rebounds and 1.6 assists per contest.
Almeida, who had 11 double-doubles, was honored as a second-team All-American and a first-team all-conference and all-region selection. He was also named the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference Player of the Year.
He attended Escola Sao Jose dos Padres de Sion High School and was a member of the Brazilian Junior National Team. He started for Brazil in the 2009 World University games, averaging 10.6 points per game on 62 percent shooting along with five rebounds and one block per game.