Javen Udofia

Javen Udofia is the No. 4-ranked player in the NebHSRecruiting rankings for the 2019 class.

Omaha Bryan junior Javen Udofia is working on a few things this offseason — getting stronger, ball handling and his jump shot.

"I want to progress my game and become an overall better player," Udofia said.

Udofia was second in scoring on Omaha Bryan's state semifinalist team and led the Bears in rebounding and assists during his junior season. He's the No. 4-ranked player in the NebHSRecruiting rankings for the 2019 class.

His coach thinks there is more the 6-foot-1, 165-pound guard can do.

"Javen does just about everything on the court well," Bryan coach Terrence O'Donnell said. "His most impressive attribute is the way he creates plays for others with the ability to see things unfold an instant before they happen."

O'Donnell feels Udofia will be an even better college player than he is in high school.

"His basketball IQ is what will make him a better college player," O'Donnell said, "because the more skilled his teammates are, the more ways he can put them in position to be successful."

Division I schools UNO and South Dakota have been in contact with Udofia recently, and he's been invited to UNO's elite camp on June 22.

Udofia has a self-described smooth, laid-back personality off the court, but he wants people to know a few things most don't.

"When I step on the court I'm going to do whatever it takes to get a win," he said. "I'm going to bring it every day by working hard and hopefully be a factor for whichever school I play for in college."

Omaha Bryan has seen a resurgence on the court in recent years led by Udofia and graduating senior Tre Crawford. Udofia will be asked to take more of a leadership role moving forward.

"We have to come out with the same mentality we had last year," Udofia said. "We can't think anything will be handed to us. We have to go out and prove it again."

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