Posted On: 05/19/20 12:51 PM
After a competitive season of Nebraska high school state basketball, there are some big risers and potential division one players among the top prospects in the state. After helping lead the Millard North Mustangs to the class A state championship game, Jasen GreenJasenGreen6'7" | SFMillard North | 2022State#86NationNE is able to hold onto his top spot in the sophomore class. Stock risers like Isaac TraudtIsaacTraudt6'8" | SFGrand Island | 2022StateNE and Cale JacobsenCaleJacobsen6'3" | CGAshland-Greenwood | 2022StateNE are not far behind after impressive performances in their second years. Check out the entire Top 60 list linked below.
Here is a brief look at the top 5 prospects in the 2022 Class. Keep an eye out for more articles about prospects from the class of 2022 in the coming days, as well as the first rankings for the class of 2023.
Green is a big forward with next level size and strength and the skill the play inside and out. He runs the floor and can score with finesse or power on the interior. He also has nice touch from the outside. Defensively, Jasen can defend at a high level in the post and protector the rim. Green averaged 11.0 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.3 bpg, and helped his team to a Class A state runner up finish. He currently holds an offer from the University of Nebraska and should have more division one interest when the summer basketball season returns.
Traudt is an lengthy and skilled 6’8 scoring forward that looks to get out in transition and dunk everything. He has a smooth jump shot that is almost impossible to contest and can rise up off the dribble and bury shots over defenders. He snatches rebounds above the rim and takes them the other way in transition himself. Traudt averaged 16.7 ppg, 1.8 apg, and 6.2 rpg as a sophomore, improving tenfold on his modest average of 1.6 ppg as a freshman. He has started to gain top level interest and picked up several offers at the end of April and early May from schools including Drake, Wyoming, Northern Colorado, UNO, Idaho, Kansas State, and University of South Dakota,
Jacobsen is a left handed scorer that can create for himself from anywhere on the court. He has deep range and can pull up off the dribble after sizing up defenders or working around screens. He has a tight handle on the ball, a quick first step, and can finish the fast break with powerful dunks. Cale is strong and quick enough to defend anyone on the perimeter. He is an aggressive rebounder that almost averaged a double-double from his guard position. In his second year, Jacobsen averaged 22.8 ppg, 9.0 rpg, 3 apg, and 3.5 spg.
Meeks is a versatile guard and one of the best defenders in the class. He keeps ball handlers in front of him, forces turnovers, and rebounds well for his size. He is a good ball handler that can use either hand to beat defenders off the dribble with crossovers and change of speed moves to get to the rim. Chandler affects the game in so many ways and is a super efficient scorer. He shot over 60% on 2-point attempts and made just over one three pointer per game at 46%. In year two with the Warriors, Meeks averaged 9.7 ppg, 1.5 apg, 3.7 rpg, and 1.8 spg.
Mahony is a physical forward that scores with patience on the interior. He has shown some touch from the perimeter, but is a mismatch physically and athletically for most team in class C1. He has good footwork in the post and uses his body well to move defenders out of his way without fouling. Brett rebounds at a high rate on both ends of the floor. As a sophomore, Mohony averaged 16.2 ppg, 2.2 apg, 7.1 rpg, 1.3 spg.