South Dakota State commit Baylor Scheierman, right, and Nate Lliteras, left, are two of the top five players in the state for the 2019 class.

The post-summer player rankings update is always tedious. It requires a review of pages of notes on what I saw over the last few months. From AAU tournaments to open gyms with high school teams and our Top 50 Summer Showcase, all things are taken into consideration.

The players that are committed to or being recruited at the higher levels automatically move to the top of the list. From there I use the personal feedback from high school coaches, AAU coaches, college coaches and the hours spent in gyms across the country.

The top 10 in the class had some changes due to transfer and injury.

The class lost former No. 8 Jaylin Hunter (Omaha Creighton Prep), who moved with his family to Connecticut after his father, Kenya, left Nebraska’s basketball staff to become an assistant coach at UConn.

Millard North senior forward Bret Porter’s high school career may well be over. Porter tore his ACL in June, though there's a chance he could return late in the high school season. Had Porter been fully healthy he would most certainly have been in the top half of the rankings.


Four of the top five players are familiar names.

The top three held their position with Creighton Prep forward Akol Arop at No. 1, followed by Shiloh Robinson (Kearney) and Baylor Scheierman (Aurora). Charlie Easley rose a spot to No. 4 due to his strong play in July that resulted in a Division I offer from The Citadel.

Seward forward Nate Lliteras has had a tremendous rise. This is the sixth update to these rankings. Lliteras entered the rankings at No. 17 in the fourth update, rose to No. 13 in the fifth and is now No. 5. He had no Division I offers in June but now has five.

Papillion–La Vista South forward Lok Wur made a strong rise after being fully healthy for the 2018 AAU season. Wur broke his ankle last year and missed most of the 2017 AAU season and a few games in the high school season. Wur doesn’t hold a Division I offer yet, but he is receiving interest from several mid-major programs.

Rounding out the top 10 is Creighton Prep guard Thomas Faber. He also missed time during the high school season with a wrist injury. Faber moved from No. 18 to No. 10 after a strong AAU season, which resulted in two Division II scholarship offers in the last week.

The four new entries are Wahoo forward Winston Cook (No. 14), Omaha Gross wing Trey Powers (No. 20), Lincoln High guard Jaden Horton (No. 21) and Lincoln Southwest forward Mayuom Buom (No. 23). Cook committed to Division II UNK in June after a strong showing in the 2018 state tournament and at UNK’s elite camp.

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

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