Thorir

Thorbjarnarson

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Height: 6'6"
Weight: 206
Year: Junior
Hometown: Reykjavik, Iceland
High School: Menntaskólinn i Reykjavik
Major: Psychology

Bio

Honors & Awards

  • Academic All-Big Ten (2019)
  • Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll (Fall 2017, 2018)
  • Tom Osborne Citizenship Team (2019)

2019 (Summer)
Thorir Thorbjarnarson (pronounced Thor-EAR thorb-YAR-nar-son) represented his native Iceland,, competing in the Games of the Small States of Europe. The Olympic-style competition is held for European countries with populations of under one million people. Thorbjarnarson played in three games for Iceland’s Senior National Team during the competition, averaging 10 points per game in about 20 minutes per contest, including 14 points in a loss to the hosts from Montenegro. He closed out the event with 14 points in a win over Cyprus in the third-place game.

2018-19 (Sophomore)
Thorir Thorbjarnarson made an impact as a sophomore as he played in 25 games, including seven starts to help the Huskers make a second straight NIT appearance. He averaged 2.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game while posting a 2.2-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio in just over 12 minutes per game. Thorbjarnarson earned a spot in the rotation after a season-ending injury to Isaac Copeland Jr., and played in 16 of the Huskers’ final 17 contests, including all five postseason contests.

After a rash of season-ending injuries in the backcourt, Thorbjarnarson moved into the starting lineup for the Huskers’ postseason run and filled in admirably.  He averaged 5.2 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.6 assists and 2.2 steals per game over the final five games of the year. He closed the year with eight points, three assists, and two steals in the second-round NIT loss at TCU. Thorbjarnarson had a career-high four assists and three steals to help NU to a win over Butler in the first round of the NIT. He played a major role in NU’s win over No. 21 Maryland in the Big Ten Tournament, setting a career high with five steals, a total which eclipsed his entire career total entering the contest. He also had five points against No. 19 Wisconsin and four against both Maryland and Rutgers.

Thorbjarnarson’s biggest moment come in the come-from-behind win over Iowa when he blocked Jordan Bohannon's 3-pointer at the buzzer to preserve NU's 93-91 overtime win over the Hawkeyes. He had four points, three assists and two blocked shots in that effort, as NU overcame a nine-point deficit in the final minute of regulation. He played double-digit minutes five times in Big Ten play, all coming in the second half of conference play. He took advantage of an opportunity against No. 24 Wisconsin, grabbing a career-high 10 rebounds in 17 minutes of action. That performance started a string of four straight games playing at least 10 minutes, including starts against nationally ranked Maryland and Purdue. In all, he played in 11 of NU’s final 12 Big Ten games. His biggest offensive effort came in the season opener against Mississippi Valley State, when he scored a career-high nine points and grabbed four rebounds in 21 minutes of action. He also provided a spark against Oklahoma State, dishing out two assists in a four-minute stint that helped NU erase a seven-point deficit.

2018 (Summer)
Thorbjarnarson played for Iceland's U-20 National Team this July. At the FIBA U-20 European Championships, he averaged 9.4 points, 4.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.6 steals per game, ranking second on the team in scoring and first in assists. He closed tournament action with three straight double figure efforts and averaged 18.5 points on 67 percent shooting, including 55 percent from 3-point range, in Iceland’s final two contests.

2017-18 (Freshman)
Thorbjarnarson was one of three true freshmen to earn playing time, as while working on the scout team against All-Big Ten guard James Palmer Jr. and seniors Anton Gill and Evan Taylor. Thorbjarnarson played in nine games, totaling eight points, four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes of work. His best performance of the year came in the win over Delaware State on Dec. 22, when he had six points, including a pair of 3-pointers, and an assist in a season-high four minutes of work. He also had a basket, rebound, assist and steal in just two minutes against Marist on Nov. 24. He appeared in three Big Ten games, as well as the Big Ten Tournament opener against No. 13 Michigan at Madison Square Garden. He tallied two rebounds and an assist in the win over No. 23 Michigan on Jan. 18.

Before Nebraska
Thorbjarnarson was one of the top youth players in Iceland, playing in the country's top league as well as in the national team program. Thorbjarnarson made his national team debut in 2017, representing his nation in the Small States of Europe event, helping Iceland to a third-place finish. He also played for the U-20 national team at the FIBA European Championships in Greece, averaging 7.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game. At the 2016 FIBA U-18 European Championships, Thorbjarnarson was the third-leading scorer in the tournament, averaging 19.6 points per game, including a 39-point effort and three other 30-point games. He also chipped in 6.3 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 4.9 steals per game. In 2016, he was selected as MVP of the Nordic Championships with the U-18 team, including a 33-point performance in the finals to lead Iceland to victory. Thorbjarnarson played for KR Reykjavik in the Icelandic League for the past three years, helping the team to three straight titles and a pair of Icelandic Cups in 2016 and 2017. In his final season, he averaged 10.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game for a team that went 26-8 and won the league championship in the top pro league in the country. Throbjarnarson shot 53 percent from the field, including 38 percent from 3-point range and was selected as the top young player in the league. He also considered UMass, UConn, Utah, Drexel and UAB before signing with Nebraska.

Personal
The son of Thorbjorn Jonsson and Hildur Fridleifsdottir, Thorir was born on May 26, 1998, in Akureyri, Iceland. Thorir graduated from Menntaskólinn i Reykjavik in May of 2017. He has three older brothers, Leifur, Jon Askell and Kristofer. Thorir is majoring in psychology and earned academic All-Big Ten honors in 2019. He is a two-time Nebraska Scholar-Athlete Honor Roll selection. He was also a member of the Tom Osborne Citizenship Team in 2019.

 

 

 

 

 

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Year

GP

GS

Min

Avg

FG

FGA

Pct

FG

FGA

Pct

FT

FTA

Pct

Off

Def

Tot

Avg

PF

FO

Ast

TO

Blk

Stl

Pts

Avg

2017-18

9

0

19

2.1

3

7

.429

2

5

.400

0

0

.000

1

3

4

0.4

4

0

3

1

0

1

8

0.9

2018-19

25

7

307

12.3

19

56

.339

4

23

.174

8

12

.667

10

43

53

2.1

25

0

29

13

5

14

50

2.0

TOTAL

34

7

326

9.6

22

63

.349

6

28

.214

8

12

.667

11

46

57

1.7

29

0

32

14

5

15

58

1.7

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