Diaz helps Puerto Rico to FIBA Olympic qualifying finals

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Former Husker basketball player Jorge Brian Diaz will look to earn an Olympic bid on Saturday, as Puerto Rico advanced to the finals of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Belgrade, Serbia.

Tipoff for Saturday’s championship game is set for 2 p.m. central and fans can follow the action on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app. Puerto Rico will play the winner of Friday’s second semifinal between Serbia and the Czech Republic, which will take place this afternoon.

Diaz, a 6-foot-11 inch center, had 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting in a 77-70 win over Latvia on Friday. In the Tournament, Diaz is averaging 6.7 points and 3.7 rebounds per game in 15 minutes per game off the bench.

Diaz played at Nebraska from 2009 until 2012 and totaled 765 points, 342 rebounds and 110 blocked shots during his career. His 110 blocked shots ranks ninth on Nebraska’s career chart, including 41 blocked shots as a redshirt freshman in 2009-10. His best year came in 2010-11, when he averaged 10.5 points per game on 54 percent shooting and 3.3 rebounds per game to help the Huskers win 19 games and earn an NIT bid. He was limited to just 16 games in his final year at Nebraska because of foot injuries, averaging 8.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocked shots per game.

Diaz is one of two former Huskers to advance to at least the semifinals in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament, as senior guard Tai Webster is starting for New Zealand. They will take on Canada in the semifinals at 5:30 a.m. (CT) on Saturday and that game is also on ESPN3 and the WatchESPN app