The NCAA Basketball Academy West Region features 320 high school players from 16 states across six days in Phoenix, Arizona.
Session I had four players with Nebraska ties in it: 2020 Omaha North wing Wal Chuol, 2021 Millard North wing Hunter Sallis, former 2021 Elkhorn South guard Preston Murphy Jr. and 2022 Lincoln East guard Quinten Hupp.
Here's a recap of Session I from World-Herald prep recruiting specialist Mike Sautter.
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» Sallis performed best of the four Nebraskans. He used his length on defense to deflect passes and had a handful of steals where he picked the pocket of the player he was guarding. Offensively his 3-point shot was falling and his balance at the rim has improved tremendously. A move from the wing to the baseline for a basket on Thursday showed some of what he has in his offensive arsenal.
Creighton coach Greg McDermott followed Sallis closely and watched all four of his games in the two days of Session I. Oregon assistant Kevin McKenna was also a regular attendee watching Sallis. Iowa State, which has offered Sallis, also had a coach at each of his games. Marquette, UConn and Central Florida have started to recruit him this week.
» Preston Murphy Jr. has opened some eyes with his solid performance. Murphy shared the ball regularly and finished at the rim on multiple occasions. His passing ability and on-ball defense are undervalued. Murphy, whose father is on the Creighton coaching staff, began his high school career at Elkhorn South before transferring to a school in Rhode Island.
» Wal Chuol helped himself this week with a solid showing in the skill-work portion of the camp along with his ability to make shots from distance. When he is fully engaged, he showed he can be a menace on the defensive end of the floor.
» Quinten Hupp can score it when he gets an open look. In his one game Thursday morning, he also showed some ability to slash to the rim and draw contact.
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Three out-of-state standouts
» Matthew Mors, a 2021 wing from Yankton, South Dakota, is a standout every time he touches the floor. He can score from all three levels and has a high basketball IQ. At 6-foot-7, 220 pounds, he is a powerful athlete who knows how to create space to get off his shot. Mors has attended Creighton's team camp since he was in seventh grade, and CU is all-in on trying to secure his commitment. Wisconsin, Nebraska and TCU are among the schools that have offered. Badger coach Greg Gard and CU coach Greg McDermott were in attendance at all four of his games.
» Alex Fudge, a 2021 forward from Jacksonville, Florida, was on the same team as Sallis and showed he's one of the better leapers in the camp. He had multiple dunks and skied for rebounds. He has a unique ability to get to the rim and score off the bounce. In the skill-work portion of the camp he was dunking virtually everything. He'll likely add good weight to his 6-foot-7, 172-pound frame as he matures. And you can't teach a 7-foot wingspan. Iowa State, TCU and Florida offered this week after his performance at the Academy. That adds to an offer list that includes UCF, Stetson, North Florida and Louisiana-Lafayette. Florida State and Wake Forest haven't offered but have been in contact with Fudge.
» South Dakota extended an offer on Wednesday to Caleb McGill, a 6-foot-7 forward in the 2020 class from Aurora (Colo.) Grandview. McGill is active around the basket on both ends of the floor, and he can step out and shoot from distance. He showed an ability to block shots at the rim and battle in the post. Prior to the Academy, he held offers from UC Davis, Northern Colorado, Denver and Air Force.
Photos: Division I basketball and football recruits in Nebraska for the 2020 class
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