Trio

From left: Jadin Booth (Omaha Westside), Max Murrell (Millard North) and Tyson Gordon (Omaha Skutt) occupy Nos. 2-4 in the NebHSRecruiting rankings for the 2020 class.

The top four in the 2020 class remain the same for now.

Nebraska commit Donovan Williams holds the top position, and I don't see that changing. But after Williams, this class is a bit muddled and likely won't sort itself out until after the summer. 

Jadin Booth (Omaha Westside) remains at No. 2 and holds an offer from UNO with interest from a handful of other Division I programs, including South Dakota State. Millard North big man Max Murrell remains at No. 3. The 6-foot-8 forward holds an offer from UMKC. No. 4 is Omaha Skutt guard Tyson Gordon, the multi-sport star who could explore options on the football field this summer as well as basketball.

A player who could continue to climb is Omaha Central's Latrell Wrightsell Jr. Although he doesn't hold any offers, the 6-1 guard has received interest from some Missouri Valley schools.

Anther player who could make a jump is Lincoln Christian's Justin Bubak, a 6-4 versatile wing with good athleticism.

Wrightsell's teammate, Max Polk, is intriguing. A 6-foot point guard, Polk takes and makes shots in big moments and is maturing physically, just like Wrightsell. The separator for me is on the defensive end where I think Wrightsell is a better on-ball defender. That said, I could see Polk moving back into the top five before the final iteration of these rankings.

At No. 9 is Omaha Burke's Xavier Watts, a power-conference football recruit who's also a standout on the basketball court. He will be a gridiron star in college.

Changes

New to the top 10 is Omaha South's Jay Saunders, who has had a strong start to his junior season. The 5-11 guard leads the Packers in minutes per game (31.9), points (16.3), assists (3.0) and steals (2.3). He is also second on the team in rebounding at 5.8.

Rounding out the top 10 is Connor Creech of Hastings. The 6-2 left-hander continues his climb up the rankings, moving up five spots in each of the previous three iterations.

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The process

The mid-season player rankings update is one that requires extra attention. This is the fourth of eight iterations.

To do the update, I review notes of what I’ve seen in high school games and practices. Also considered are pure statistics since the start of the season. I also reconsider notes taken during the summer and the AAU season. Finally, another factor is how players performed at our Top 50 Summer Showcase.

As a general rule, players committed to or being recruited by top-level schools automatically move near the top of the list. From there, I weigh discussions with high school coaches, AAU coaches and college coaches and other information I learn during the hours I spend in gyms across the country.

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