It was only a matter of time before the scholarship offers rolled in for Jasen Green. He fielded his first on Saturday, but it likely won’t be his last.
Nebraska was first in line for the 6-foot-7, 205-pound Millard North forward who will be a sophomore next season.
“I was just surprised, and it felt surreal,” Green said. “My whole life I’ve been working up to this point, and this is a step closer to where I want to go.”
Because of NCAA rules, Green couldn’t take the call directly from Nebraska’s coaches. Instead, his high school coach, Tim Cannon, shared the news with him Saturday night.
“He just told me that he had good news and that they were going to offer me,” Green said. “He sounded super happy and I was super happy because now on our high school team we have three Division I players. It was a really short conversation and we both were excited about it.”
It’s been a busy week for the trio of prospects at Millard North. Max Murrell, a forward entering his senior season, has received six power conference offers since Sunday (Creighton, Iowa, Kansas State, Minnesota, Virginia Tech and TCU). Hunter Sallis, a junior wing, holds offers from Creighton, Nebraska, Iowa State and Mississippi and added one from Kansas State on Tuesday.
The Nebraska offer for Green, who’ll turn 16 in August, comes with new expectations, but he’s already used to the spotlight. He has always played in a higher age group in club basketball and started as a freshman last season at Millard North. This spring, he joined the Kansas City-based Mokan Elite AAU team, which plays on the Nike EYBL circuit.
“I just play my game, because the more you think about (the attention), the more it can get in your head,” Green said. “The less you think about it, the better you will play. I just don’t let it become a distraction.”
Nebraska isn’t the only school to have shown interest in Green. Creighton and Iowa State have been in contact with his coaches, but haven’t offered yet.
So the Huskers have the first crack at him. Green wants to get down to Lincoln and check out the NU program as soon as NCAA rules allow it.
“I would love to visit in the fall,” he said. “After September is when I can start taking unofficial visits, and I want to visit there.”
Green will lean on his family for advice throughout the recruiting process. His father, Robert, played basketball at UNO from 1996-98. His sister, Jayna, will begin her freshman year on the Northwest Missouri State basketball team in August.
“I depend on my dad a lot,” Green said. “He gives me advice and tells me things, like I need to watch more basketball on TV. He said he learned a lot by watching.”
Though he’s still young, Green has the maturity to recognize the strengths in his game and the areas that still need improvement.
“Off the dribble, I’m pretty good with one-dribble pull-ups and also getting to the basket and getting by my defender. I can also shoot it pretty good,” he said. “I need to get better at handling the ball and pushing the pace up the floor. That is something I need to work on.”
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Photos: Division I basketball and football recruits in Nebraska for the 2020 class
These are the basketball and football players from Nebraska in the 2020 class who have at least one Division I scholarship offer. Did we miss anyone? Let us know by sending an email to email@example.com