Photo: Denim Johnson

Posted On: 04/20/21 4:45 PM

Despite Covid-19, it was quite a year for Nebraska high school basketball. So amazing that this group is arguably the best class in the history of the Cornhusker state. Lead by McDonald’s all-American/state champion Hunter Sallis Hunter Sallis 6'4" | CG Millard North | 2021 State #8 Nation NE and followed up by the classy yet well respected Chucky Hepburn Chucky Hepburn 6'1" | PG Bellevue West | 2021 State #77 Nation NE , boatloads of more talent are right behind. The "game of the year" belongs to the magical rivalry match-up between the Bellevue West Thunderbirds and the Millard West Mustangs. On January 2, 2021, Loyola commit Saint Thomas Saint Thomas 6'6" | CG Millard North | 2021 State NE scored 48 points for the Mustangs while shooting 73% from the field against Bellevue West for a 94-91 victory. Millard West would advance to the state finals to meet Bellevue West again to battle for the championship. The previous year Chucky Hepburn Chucky Hepburn 6'1" | PG Bellevue West | 2021 State #77 Nation NE , Frankie Fidler Frankie Fidler 6'6" | SF Bellevue West | 2021 State NE , and the ThunderBirds won the state title against Millard West but fell short of a repeat in overtime this year. On another note, we saw Jadin Johnson Jadin Johnson 6'4" | PG Millard North | 2021 State NE develop into a solid point guard while Marcus Shakeer Marcus Shakeer 6'3" | SG Omaha Benson | 2021 State NE scored in bunches. We observed Denim Johnson Denim Johnson 6'1" | CG Omaha Central | 2021 State NE display tremendous athleticism and witnessed Isaac Traudt Isaac Traudt 6'8" | SF Grand Island | 2022 State #32 Nation NE attract big-time recruiters. There were

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