Creighton, Nebraska among many battling for top-100 hoops recruit Ben Carlson

Nebraska and Creighton are two of the 12 schools to offer Ben Carlson. Several others come from the Big Ten — Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin — and Carlson also has offers from Davidson, Iowa State, Kansas State, Stanford and Wake Forest.

With his sister in town for a volleyball match, top-100 recruit Ben Carlson got a second look at Creighton and Nebraska.

Before watching his sister — a sophomore outside hitter for Kansas State — play against the Bluejays on Friday, the 6-foot-9 junior forward from Woodbury (Minn.) East Ridge, took an unofficial visit to Creighton Friday.

“It was my second time at Creighton; the first was in September of last year,” said Carlson, the No. 71 overall recruit, according to the 247Sports composite. “I was able to talk a lot more with the coaches, met (Athletic Director Bruce Rasmussen) and the players came to watch my sister play volleyball.

“The biggest thing was getting to know the coaches more. I really like the coaches, coach (Paul) Lusk and getting to know him more.”

Nebraska and Creighton are two of the 12 schools to offer Carlson. Several others come from the Big Ten — Iowa, Minnesota, Northwestern, Purdue and Wisconsin — and Carlson also has offers from Davidson, Iowa State, Kansas State, Stanford and Wake Forest.

On Saturday, Carlson made the drive to Lincoln to visit Nebraska.

“We saw the academic facilities and I talked to coach (Tim) Miles and (assistant Jim) Molinari,” he said. “This visit was talking more about where they see me and where I would fit into their system.”

 Carlson took his first unofficial visit to Nebraska last fall and likes the direction of the program.

“ They have really nice facilities,” Carlson told The World-Herald in July. 

Nebraska coaches think Carlson can fit a role similar to that of Isaiah Roby.

“A stretch four, mixed with a wing is the player they see me as,” Carlson said.

His next planned trip is an unofficial visit to Michigan on Sept. 22.

 Carlson  hopes to choose his college before his senior year of high school.

“I want to wait until after the AAU season next year ... so late summer or early fall of 2019.”

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