Charlie Easley

Charlie Easley has been a solid player for OSA 17U Gauntlet during the AAU season. He's guarded here by another standout in the 2019 class, Lök Wur of Powerhouse Nebraska and Papillion-La Vista South.

The first of three boys basketball NCAA live evaluation periods starts on Wednesday. Every program from Nebraska will be playing in AAU tournaments around the country the next three weeks.

Here is a group of players that may get overshadowed by teammates but still could have bright futures after high school.

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2019 wing John Tonje (OSA 17U Gauntlet, Omaha Central): Tonje can shoot. He made 46 percent (49 of 106) of his shots in 26 games during his junior season. Tonje is strong at 6-foot-4 and 195 pounds, works hard on his game and can battle in the post when needed.

2019 guard Ta'Vion Anderson (Powerhouse Nebraska Elite, Omaha South): Anderson is one of the most improved players in the class since the high school season ended. Anderson is a tough, physical guard whose explosiveness is on another level. He is a competitor that shows toughness in all situations.

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2019 wing Jaden Horton (Bison Red, Lincoln High): Horton — 6-foot-2, 180 pounds — will be an impact player for Lincoln High again this winter. He is an explosive, high-level athlete that rebounds at a plus rate.

2019 guard Jaylin Hunter (OSA Gauntlet 17U, East Catholic High School, Manchester, Conn.): Hunter played at Omaha Creighton Prep last season and will follow his dad, Kenya Hunter, who became an assistant coach at UConn in the offseason. Jaylin Hunter had a great high school season during his junior year and has gotten stronger and quicker since. He's a high-IQ player who loves to push the pace.

2019 forward Lök Wur (Powerhouse Nebraska, Papillion-La Vista South): Wur had a strong spring for Powerhouse and has shown he can carry the load. At a legitimate 6-foot-8, Wur has good shot-blocking ability and can stretch the defense beyond the 3-point line on offense.

2019 guard Charlie Easley (OSA 17U Gauntlet, Lincoln Pius X): Easley makes up for any lack of athleticism he might have with a high basketball IQ and the energy he plays with on every possession. He draws a lot of contact and is a plus shooter from the free-throw line.

2020 guard Jay Saunders (Omaha Elite, Omaha South): Saunders has great length for a point guard and is capable of impacting the game in a variety of ways. He isn't afraid to battle in the paint for rebounds and has a deadly mid-range jump shot.

2020 forward Justin Bubak (Lincoln Supreme, Lincoln Christian): Bubak is an impressive athlete. He has good touch around the rim and can score easily from within 10 feet. Bubak can battle on the glass and defend the small forward through center positions. He's clearly one of the better 2020 players in Nebraska.

2020 guard Max Polk (OSA 16U Gauntlet, Omaha Central): Polk's competitiveness doesn't get mentioned enough. He's steady and his team's best player at times. He's not afraid to take big shots in big moments and can run the offense as a point guard.

2020 guard Andrew Merfeld (Team Factory, Omaha Skutt): Merfeld is a winner, and his team is better when he's on the floor. He defends the opposing team's best guard, is good in transition and can score in a variety of ways.

2021 wing Tucker DeVries (OSA 15U Gauntlet, Waukee, Iowa): DeVries is one of the purest 3-point shooters you'll find, but he's much more than that. He can space the floor on offense and gets deflections and blocks shots on defense.

2021 wing Greg Brown (Team Factory, Omaha Burke): Brown can impact the game on both ends of the floor. He is a plus shooter from distance and defensively he finds passing lanes well. He is a big-bodied wing that can play with physicality when he wants to.

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

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