2018 Nebraska prep boys basketball recruiting rankings

Shereef Mitchell was named the Gatorade boys basketball player of the year and is now the No. 1-ranked player in the NebHS recruiting rankings.

Check out World-Herald Prep Recruiting Specialist Mike Sautter's 2018 basketball prep recruiting rankings. Click here for his 2019 rankings, and click here for his 2020 rankings.

The 2018 high school rankings were updated March 22, 2018. The rankings are decided with some input from players and coaches around the state.

Included with each player is his ranking history from all eight updates to the 2018 rankings.

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1. Shereef Mitchell, PG, Omaha Burke (Prev. ranking: 2)

Height: 6’1”

Weight: 158 pounds

Wingspan: 72.5”

Standing Reach: 93”

No-Step Vertical: 28.5″

Handsize: 7.5”

Evaluation: Mitchell is a tough guard with a scoring mentality. He’s capable of running the point or playing off the ball. He can shoot from the perimeter and get into the paint and finish around the basket with his athleticism. He has incredibly quick feet and is one of the best on-ball defenders in the state.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: 5, 5, 5, 4, 3, 2, 2, 1

2. Brady Heiman, C, Platteview (1)

Height: 6’10.5″

Weight: 197 pounds

Wingspan: 81.25″

Standing Reach: 105.5”

No-Step Vertical: 31.5″

Handsize: 9”

Evaluation: Heiman combines tremendous height with uncanny shot-blocking instincts, making him a force in the paint on the defensive end. He’s a strong rebounder as well who is developing a post game, but needs to add strength. He has taken major strides offensively and has become a playmaker out of the high post.

College: Signed with Nebraska

Rankings history: 4, 4, 2, 2, 2, 1, 1, 2

3. Sam Griesel, SG, Lincoln East (3)

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 193 pounds

Wingspan: 78”

Standing Reach: 100”

Vertical: 32.5”

Handsize: 8.5”

Evaluation: Griesel is a versatile, athletic swingman who loves to attack the basket but can knock down shots from the perimeter as well. He moves the ball well and plays with good efficiency. Griesel has a lot of potential on the defensive end with ability to hold his own against bigs and stay in front of guards on the perimeter.

College: Signed with South Dakota

Rankings history: NR, NR, 23, 12, 10, 3, 3, 3

4. Kanon Koster, G/F, Kearney (4)

Height: 6’2.5″

Weight: 206 pounds

Wingspan: 75.5″

Standing Reach: 97.5″

No-Step Vertical: 30″

Evaluation: Koster is a strong guard with a good frame that can play on the perimeter or hold his own inside. He has a strong feel for the game, is a good jump-shooter, crashes the glass hard and will elevate and throw it down when given the chance. He can drive left or right and finishes at a very high rate inside the arc.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: 3, 3, 4, 5, 5, 6, 4, 4

5. Roman Behrens, PG, Omaha Central (5)

Height: 6′1”

Weight: 160 pounds

Wingspan: 73.5”

Standing Reach: 94”

No-Step Vertical: 30″

Handsize: 8”

Evaluation: Behrens is a complete offensive point guard. He is a terrific shooter from the perimeter with handles to get into the paint and draw fouls. He sees the floor well and isn’t afraid of making the highlight-reel pass. His biggest strength might be his mid-range game — as his pull-up jumper is nearly automatic — and he also has an array of floaters and scoop shots in his arsenal.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: 2, 2, 3, 3, 4, 4, 5, 5

6. Tyrell Carroll, PG, Millard South (6)

Height: 5’9″

Weight: 134 pounds

Wingspan: 69″

Standing Reach: 90″

No-Step Vertical: 28.2″

Handsize: 7.75”

Evaluation: Carroll is a tough point guard who can get to the rim off the bounce and seeks out contact in the paint. Carroll has an unorthodox shooting motion but shot nearly 40 percent from deep as a sophomore. Carroll has good vision and can make plays for others. He is a pesky defender on the ball with quick feet and hands.

College: Signed with Emporia State

Rankings history: 11, 11, 10, 7, 7, 7, 6, 6

7. Nick Ferrarini, SG, Millard North (7)

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 169 pounds

Wingspan: 74.5″

Standing Reach: 97.5″

No-Step Vertical: 25.7″

Handsize: 7.75”

Evaluation: Ferrarini has great height for an off-guard and is a tremendous shooter with deep range. He shot nearly 40 percent from deep as a sophomore and junior. Ferrarini has also improved significantly off the bounce and is getting to the rim and the free-throw line at a consistent rate. He has also added a mid-range pull-up to his arsenal.

College: Signed with Wayne State

Rankings history: 16, 18, 15, 9, 6, 5, 7, 7

8. Tre'vion Crawford, SG, Omaha Bryan (9)

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 175 pounds

Evaluation: Crawford is a strong guard who can get to the rim and finish with good touch, including floaters. He shows the ability to shoot from beyond the arc in catch-and-shoot situations. Crawford is also a willing defender capable of getting up and pressuring opposing guards.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: 15, 19, 20, 19, 18, 15, 9, 8

9. Henry Penner, G/F, Aurora (8)

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 193 pounds

Wingspan: 77″

Standing Reach: 98.5″

No-Step Vertical: 28.7″

Handsize: 8”

Evaluation: Penner served as Aurora’s glue guy as a sophomore — doing a bit of everything for the Huskies — and emerged as a go-to scoring option as a junior. At 6-foot-5, he is a strong shooter who moves the ball well, contributes on the glass and makes hustle plays defensively. He is also a good athlete for his size who is terrific on the offensive glass and is a target on lobs.

College: Signed with UNK

Rankings history: 24, 23, 12, 10, 9, 8, 8, 9

10. Cedric Johnson, SG, Bellevue West (10)

Height: 6’1.5″

Weight: 167 pounds

Wingspan: 79″

Standing Reach: 97.5″

No-Step Vertical: 24.5″

Handsize: 8.75”

Evaluation: Johnson is a versatile lefty who finishes well and is at his best when attacking the basket. He has long arms and rebounds very well for a guard. He's also a willing passer with solid vision. Johnson has great body control and balance, using good footwork and a change of pace and direction to get to the rim.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: 8, 6, 6, 6, 8, 10, 10, 10

11. Tuach Dol, F, Papillion-La Vista South (12)

Height: 6’7″

Weight: 160 pounds

Wingspan: 82”

Standing Reach: 103.5”

No-Step Vertical: 30”

Handsize: 8.5”

Evaluation: Dol is an intriguing prospect that is starting to realize some of his potential. He’s a tweener forward, long enough to play the four but skilled enough to play the three. His length makes him incredibly disruptive on defense as a shot-blocker and allows him to rebound at a high rate as well despite his slight frame. He can handle the ball well for a player of his height and is a crafty finisher around the basket.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: NR, NR, NR, NR, 24, 19, 12, 11

12. Nate Thayer, G, Platteview (11)

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 185 pounds

Wingspan: 76″

Standing Reach: 98.5″

No-Step Vertical: 24″

Handsize: 7.5”

Evaluation: Thayer is a southpaw with good size and strength for a shooting guard. He has tremendous touch around the basket, especially with his left hand, and can score in a variety of ways. He crashes the glass and looks to make plays for his teammates as well. Thayer broke his school’s career scoring record early in his junior year and has significantly improved his perimeter jumper.

College: Signed with Wayne State

Rankings history: 6, 10, 11, 8, 12, 9, 11, 12

13. Jordan Janssen, F, Lincoln East (13)

Height: 6’7.5″

Weight: 188 pounds

Wingspan: 79.5”

Standing Reach: 100.5”

Handsize: 8.5”

Evaluation: Janssen is a finisher more than he is a creator — effective as a roll man, on dump-off passes from guards and on the offensive glass. He rebounds well on the defensive end as well.

College: Signed with Wayne State

Rankings history: 13, 17, 21, 17, 14, 12, 13, 13

14. Jayden Temme, F, Omaha Creighton Prep (14)

Height: 6’6.5″

Weight: 212 pounds

Wingspan: 77″

Standing Reach: 99.5″

No-Step Vertical: 27″

Evaluation: Temme is a stretch-four who is comfortable both on the perimeter and in the post. He has a good post game with a solid jump-hook, and he shows good form on his jump shot. Temme is an intelligent player who moves the ball, positions himself well on both ends and attacks the glass.

College: Signed with Benedictine College

Rankings history: 22, 13, 7, 11, 15, 13, 14, 14

15. Kyle Luedtke, G/F, Omaha Creighton Prep (15)

Height: 6’4.5″

Weight: 195 pounds

Wingspan: 77”

Standing Reach: 97.5”

No-Step Vertical: 25.5”

Handsize: 8.25”

Evaluation: Luedtke is first and foremost a knock-down shooter from the perimeter. He also has good size at small forward and can put the ball on the deck to attack closeouts. Luedtke is more deliberate than quick but uses his length and footwork to finish at the rim and draw fouls.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: NR, NR, NR, 25, 22, 17, 15, 15

16. Kyle Perry, G, Millard South (16)

Height: 6’0”

Weight: 170 pounds

Evaluation: When Perry gets going he can be a lethal 3-point shooter. The Nebraska baseball signee is an elite competitor that dives on the floor for loose balls and is an emotional leader for his team.

College: Signed with Nebraska baseball

Rankings history: NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, 16, 16

17. Jay Pal, F, Omaha Central (17)

Height: 6’7″

Weight: 190 pounds

Evaluation: Pal is a long athlete with a knack for altering and blocking shots on the defensive end. Pal is versatile on the offensive end with the ability to step out to the 3-point line and make shots.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, 17, 17

18. LeBeck Warren, G, Grand Island (NR)

Height: 6’3”

Weight: 170 pounds

Evaluation: Warren is athletic and translates to the next level as a scoring guard that can slide over to the point when needed. He’s unselfish but can take over a game. He’s an above-average shooter from the field and play multiple positions defensively due to his natural strength and athleticism.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, 18

19. Tanner Wubbels, F, Waverly (18)

Height: 6’6.5"

Weight: 188 pounds

Wingspan: 78"

Standing Reach: 99.5"

No-Step Vertical: 32"

Evaluation: Wubbels is a long and lanky post player who can really run the floor. He can handle the ball well enough to get to the basket from the perimeter and has good footwork and a variety of moves on the block. He has extended his range and can step out and hit shots from the perimeter and is an effective finisher in the pick-and-roll.

College: Signed with Concordia

Rankings history: 23, 15, 13, 15, 16, 14, 18, 19

20. Mick Williams, PG, Elkhorn South (20)

Height: 6’1"

Weight: 174 pounds

Wingspan: 73"

Standing Reach: 93”

No-Step Vertical: 30.5"

Evaluation: Williams does all the little things at the point guard position. He takes care of the ball, sees the floor well, gets to the basket, finishes when he finds an opening and shoots from the arc when he has space. Williams also often guards the best perimeter player on the opposing team and does a good job of staying in front of his man and forcing turnovers.

College: Signed with Morningside

Rankings history: 9, 9, 9, 14, 20, 16, 20, 20

21. Trevor Kaslon, F Columbus Scotus (21)

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 190 pounds

Wingspan: 79.5”

Standing Reach: 101”

No-Step Vertical: 33.5”

Handsize: 8”

Evaluation: Kaslon is a bouncy athlete that plays hard almost every possession. He can finish around the rim with both hands and knock down shots beyond the 3-point line. He brings consistent energy and focus on the floor and is strong enough to defend the post.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, 20, 21, 21

22. JaQuaylon Mays, G, Lincoln Southwest (NR)

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 170 pounds

Evaluation: Mays is a left-handed point guard with plus speed and quickness. Capable of creating his own shot, Mays is an above-average passer and has a solid mid-range game.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, NR, 22

23. Garrett Seagren, G, Oakland-Craig (23)

Height: 6’2″

Weight: 180 pounds

Evaluation: Seagren is a talented combo-guard who can play on and off the ball and do a bit of everything for his team. He is a good athlete who can get to the rim off the bounce or cut off the ball, and he finishes well in traffic.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: 12, 12, 17, 18, 17, 23, 23, 23

24. Ben Moxness, F, Logan View/Scribner Snyder (24)

Height: 6’6”

Weight: 195 pounds

Evaluation: Moxness has a good face-up game from 10 to 20 feet with a good basketball IQ. He's a good 3-point shooter that uses his length to make difficult shots. He is an above-average rebounder for his size and a skilled ball-handler.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: 12, 12, 17, 18, 17, 23, 24, 24

25. Hunter Mengel, F, Bellevue East (22)

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 184 pounds

Wingspan: 77.5”

Standing Reach: 98”

No-Step Vertical: 32″

Handsize: 8”

Evaluation: Mengel is a long and bouncy tweener forward who can really score the ball. He’s long and skilled enough to finish over the top of defenders, can get to the basket off the bounce and is a streaky shooter from the perimeter. Mengel also attacks the glass on both ends and can finish above the rim in transition.

College: Uncommitted

Rankings history: NR, NR, NR, 23, 25, 21, 22, 25

Watch List (listed alphabetically):

Justin Appleby (O’Neill), Joe Burt (Lincoln Pius X), MaNaPe Cleveland (Winnebago), Carter Kent (Crete), Brendan Lacey (Wahoo), Spencer Moes (Omaha Creighton Prep), Peyton Priest (Papillion–La Vista), Sammy Richardson (Lincoln High), Austin Slie (Bellevue East), Quinten Vasa (Nebraska City Lourdes), Michael Wardy (Norris).

Mike is a prep recruiting specialist for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @MikeSautterOWH. Phone: 402-444-1335.

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