Posted On: 09/19/20 7:24 PM
Nebraska’s class of 2022 is full of prospects with potential to be great players beyond their high school career. The top two players in the state, Isaac TraudtIsaacTraudt6'8" | SFGrand Island | 2022State#221NationNE and Jasen GreenJasenGreen6'7" | PFMillard North | 2022State#173NationNE already hold offers from division one schools in power five conferences. Other players within the top ten have also been receiving some interest from division one programs. Beyond the division one talent, their are plenty of player in the state that will have successful careers at division II, division III, or NAIA schools. Many players have increased their stock over the summer, including some prospects in the top 5, and plenty of new names have been added to the rankings. Check out the entire Top 85 list linked below.
Here is a brief look of the top 5 prospects in the 2022 Class. Keep an eye out for more articles about 2022 prospects in the coming days, as well as the rankings reveal for the class of 2023.
Traudt was incredible to watch in every game he played this summer with Lincoln Supreme. At 6’8, he is so fluid with guard skills and a beautiful jump shot that he can get to any time he wants with step backs and fall aways. He is so long that it makes his shot almost impossible to contest. As a sophomore, Traudt averaged 16.7 ppg, 1.8 apg, and 6.2 rpg. This summer with some more help around him, he was over 25 point almost every game. Around the basket and in transition Traudt looks to dunk everything. On defense, he can protect the rim, secure rebounds, and start the fast break himself as the ball handler. This season with Grand Island, opposing teams will need to send double and triple teams to stop Traudt, and it still might not be enough at times. He currently holds over 20 division one offers including Wisconsin, Stanford, Oregon, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Nebraska, Iowa, Creighton, and more.
Green is a versatile forward that can score from all three levels. At 6’7, he has the size and strength that division one coaches are looking for and could play either forward position. He runs the floor is transitions and can finish in traffic with finesse or powerful dunks. He is a mismatch on the perimeter for most players his size because he can knock down shots from the outside and can attack them with the dribble. Green averaged 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks per game last season on a loaded Millard North team. This year he may have more room to operate on the interior with the departure of Max MurrellMaxMurrell6'9" | PFMillard North | 2020State#80NationNE, which could positively effect his statistical production. He currently holds offers from Nebraska, Kansas State, and Stanford.
Jacobsen is a left handed guard with a tight handle on the ball and excellent change of speed moves that he uses to get to his spots on the floor. He is a great athlete with quickness and strength that makes him tough to beat off the dribble defensively. He also has great leaping ability which he can use to avoid or finish over the top of shot blockers. In his second season with Ashland-Greenwood, Jacobsen averaged 22.8 points, 9.0 rebounds, 3.0 assists, and 3.5 steals per game. Against tougher competition this summer, he looked just as good. Jacobsen can score from everywhere on the floor and effects the game in so many ways. He currently holds an offer from Missouri Western and should see many more offers rolling in soon.
Meeks is one of the best defenders in the class of 2022 and a super efficient scorer. In his sophomore season, he averaged 9.7 point, 1.5 assists, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.8 steals per game while shooting 57% from the floor, including 46% from three. Meeks can be a primary ball handler or play off the ball and look for chances to slash to the rim or knock down jump shots. Defensively he is a pest that does not give his matchup an inch of separation. He also has active hands to poke the ball loose and great instinct to jump passing lanes and block shots. Meeks makes a lot of winning plays whenever he walks on the floor. He will step into a lead role at Westside this season with the graduation of a talented 2020 class.
Thomas is left handed shooter and defender that has great strength for a guard and is usually the fastest player in the gym. He uses his speed to beat defenses down the floor in transition and finish through contact or spot up from three where he hit 43% of his attempts as a sophomore. He is another guard from Omaha Westside that will see his role in year three increase. After averaging 10.2 points, 4.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists, and 1.5 steals per game in year two, Thomas took it to another level this summer with the OSA Crusaders. He often looked like the go to guy at the end of games when the Crusaders needed a big bucket or a defensive stop. Thomas looks unfazed in crunch time and has no problem putting his head down and getting to the rim or taking go ahead threes.