Lindsey Moore (00) and Jordan Hooper (35) are on All-Devaney ballot.
By Randy York
Friday is the deadline for Nebraska men’s and women’s basketball fans to vote for their favorite players who competed in the Big Eight, Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences over the past 37 years (1976-2013). For some, voting is a grueling process, and Kevin Horn of KCOW Radio in Alliance, Neb., admitted that his vote probably is different from most anyone else’s. A Valparaiso, Neb., native, Horn saw his first live men’s game at the Devaney Center in 11 years and could not have been more impressed with the Huskers’ game atmosphere, team management and overall hustle. “I can see why everyone’s so excited about Tim Miles and opening a new era in a new arena next fall,” Horn said as he watched an appreciative crowd give Tyronn Lue its ultimate respect at halftime. Nebraska’s latest inductee into the Nebraska Basketball Hall of Fame would be Horn’s pick for honorary captain on an All-Time All-Devaney team that also would include Rich King, Dave Hoppen, Eric Piatkowski and Jack Moore.
Horn votes with both his head and his heart. He knows that Jordan Hooper, the latest Alliance hometown Husker hero, probably has split votes in two different ways over the past two weeks. He believes most voters would choose either Hooper or fellow Alliance native Amy Stephens on their respective ballots, not both of them. The same, he said, might hold true among voters selecting just one Husker from Nebraska’s current team, even though Lindsey Moore and Hooper both have exceptional credentials. Matt Coatney, “The Voice” of Nebraska Women’s Basketball, voted for Karen Jennings, Maurtice Ivy, Kelsey Griffin, Lindsey Moore and Stephens. Horn’s ballot has four of the same five that Coatney had. The only difference? Horn voted for Hooper instead of Griffin.
One thing is certain. Even though Hooper will be the only “legend” among those all-time Husker all-stars to play a year in the Downtown Pinnacle Bank Arena next fall, she is drawing international attention, at least from those who have graduated from the same high school she did. Richard “Dick” Householder Jr., a Professor Emeritus in the School of Music at the University of Windsor in Windsor, Ontario, Canada, will be in the stands tonight when the Huskers seek a sixth 2012-13 Big Ten Conference road win against Michigan in Ann Arbor.
“Having been born and raised in Alliance (AHS ‘58), I always enjoy references to my hometown,” Householder wrote in an email in response to a recent N-Sider headline calling Hooper the Rex Burkhead of Women’s Basketball. “Although I have lived in Windsor for the last 40 years, I still feel like Alliance is my home. I’m very proud that our community has sent forth some excellent athletes and am always glad to hear how they are doing. I am suddenly a great fan of the NU women’s basketball team, and looking forward to finally getting to see Jordan Hooper and the rest of the team in action at Michigan.” Since Windsor is just across the river from Detroit, Householder says his four-decade home is the answer to a Trivial Pursuit question: Where do you cross from the U.S. into Canada by going south? The Answer: Ann Arbor is 40 miles from the border on I-94.
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