Posted On: 03/26/21 7:00 AM

The debut edition of the 2024 Nebraska rankings were published this week, and you can find that top 20 here. In two parts, I will share my thoughts with you on several of those players, beginning with the guards. 

Caleb Benning Caleb Benning 5'10" | CG Omaha Westside | 2024 State NE

Westside has their next competitive, bulldog point guard in Benning. He competes on the glass, refusing to give up easy rebounds even when losing the size battle. Benning provided great nail defense, helping to smother penetration and force turnovers. I have not yet seen many advanced passing reads, but he consistently makes the basic reads in pick and roll. A nice chemistry developed late in the year between Benning and his sharpshooting teammate, Payson Gillespie Payson Gillespie 6'3" | SG Omaha Westside | 2022 State NE . As Benning’s confidence grew, he began attacking the rim, which led to great looks for the Warriors.

Will Cooper Will Cooper 6'5" | SG Millard South | 2024 State NE

Of all the ranked freshman, nobody improved from the first game to the last more than Will Cooper Will Cooper 6'5" | SG Millard South | 2024 State NE . When I first watched Cooper, he rarely dribbled the basketball, and was quick to move the ball on. By the end of the year, he was comfortably and confidently knocking down threes, and attacking the closeout

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