Nebraska basketball sophomore Thorir Thorbjarnarson will return to Iceland this week as he prepares to represent his home country of Iceland at the FIBA Under-20 European Championships in July.
Iceland will compete in Pool D with Serbia, Italy and Sweden, as the action begins on Saturday, July 14, and continues with pool play on July 15 and 16. The Round of 16 begins on July 18 and continues through July 22.
Thorbjarnarson, a 6-foot-5, 195-pound guard from Reykjavik, has been a mainstay in Iceland’s National Program for several years. He earned a spot on its Senior National Team in 2017. Last year, he averaged 7.1 points, 4.7 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game at the U-20 European Championships in Greece.
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.
As a freshman at Nebraska in 2017-18, Thorbjarnarson saw limited duty as a back up to All-Big Ten guard James Palmer Jr., and seniors Evan Taylor and Anton Gill.
Thorbjarnarson played in nine games, totaling eight points, four rebounds and three assists in 19 minutes. His best performance came against Delaware State, when he hit a pair of three-pointers and added an assist in four minutes off the bench.
Thorbjarnarson is one of several Huskers to represent Nebraska in international competition during the Tim Miles era, joining Tai Webster (New Zealand), Leslie Smith (British Virgin Islands) and Shavon Shields (Denmark).