Jadin Booth

Jadin Booth helped lead Omaha Westside to its first state tournament appearance in five years.

Jadin Booth rewarded the school that gave him his first Division I scholarship offer.

The Omaha Westside standout announced Wednesday he committed to UNO, about 11 months after the 6-foot-1 guard received his offer.

“They’ve always been there since the start of my recruiting and it never was in a phase where I had not heard from them in a while,” Booth said. “They always go to my (AAU) games, and come into workouts and always text me. So it has always felt comfortable with them and it doesn’t feel right anywhere else but Omaha.”

Staying close to home was another important factor for Booth. He said several family members graduated from UNO, “and it’s running in the family right now.” He also has family in Indiana, where the Mavericks play road games against Purdue Fort Wayne in the Summit League.

But Booth also noticed the progress UNO has made in recent years. Derrin Hansen, who completed his 14th season as coach, has had the Mavs one game from the NCAA tournament two of the past three years.

“Coach Hansen and the staff have the program going in the right direction,” Booth said, “and they believed I could be a perfect piece to the puzzle. I wanted to be a part of it.”

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Booth, No. 2 in the NebHSRecruiting rankings for the 2020 class, was a second-team Class A pick after averaging 19.1 points, 4.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists per game during his junior season. He helped the Warriors to a 19-6 record and a state tournament berth for the first time since 2014.

Booth also received interest from Colorado State, Dartmouth, Drake, North Dakota State, Northern Iowa, South Dakota, South Dakota State, UMKC, Utah State and Wisconsin-Green Bay. None of those schools offered. But instead of waiting on offers that may never come, Booth opted to shut down his recruitment now.

“Omaha was the place that felt best, and I just kinda knew,” Booth said. “People told me you know when you know, and I definitely knew, so I couldn’t wait any longer. Omaha feels like the perfect fit. And I just wanted to commit and start that relationship with the entire staff and team.”

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