Football Recruiting Season Is Winding Down and Basketball and Wrestling are just Heating Up: A look at Some Hot Prospects
Poll: Vote at top of the sidebar on left for who will win the Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament.
Hot Athletes Inside
Nick Mizaur, Creighton Prep—The 6-foot, 200 lb RB/DB picked up his second D-1AA Ivy league offer from Brown University to go along with his offer from Princeton. Both schools are looking at him as a running back. In addition, according to his farther Nick Mizaur Sr., Boston College and Notre Dame have both offered Nick preferred walk-on status, slotting him at safety. Man, it will be interesting to see where he ends up, because he has a very strong chance of having a D-1A offer come his way too. I mean, how do you pass up an Ivy league school education? Well, I guess if you’re set on playing among the best of the best, you go D-1A if the opportunity comes your way. But if it doesn’t—Nick is in a no lose situation here for sure! Even better, Mizaur won’t have a lot of spare time to sit around and worry about all this, since he is currently immersed in in his quest for a state wrestling championship title.
Quentin Urban, Millard South–Selected to Lincoln Journal Star Super-State First Team and Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska First Team as a junior. The 5-foot-10-inch 180-pounder is currently doing damage on the hardwood as a guard for the Patriots.
Ron Coleman, Omaha North–The 6-foot, 250 pound, two-time Super-State and All-Nebraska First Team football player will be going for his fourth consecutive Class A state wrestling title. The question is what sport will he end up pursuing in college?
Caleb Steffensmeier, Creighton Prep–The 5-11 guard has the reigning Class A Champs firing on all cylinders again and looking for a repeat. Let’s just hope that if the Jr. Jays get there it will be a little more entertaining than the brick fest at last year’s finals –if you know what I mean.
Sean McGary, Omaha Central—The 6-foot-2-inch Eagle guard is proving to be a serious scoring threat this year as well as a solid floor general. Although the Eagles are off to a shaky 3-2 start, look for them, in the end, to be to be in the hunt for the state Class A title. An excellent student, also look for McGary to have some colleges calling on his talent.
CJ Carter, Omaha Benson—the 6-foot junior put up some huge numbers in a couple of games already this season, including the 35 points he scored in helping the Bunnies to victory in the finals of the OPS Jamboree. Is he for real?
Austin Kaczor, Ewing–The 6-foot-4-inch, 215 pound–Class D—player managed to garner Lincoln Journal Star Super-State First Team and Omaha World-Herald All-Nebraska First Team football honors. He also is a returniing All-State basketball player. Moreover, Kaczor is still very much in the hunt for a late D-1A football offer. One can only wonder how his football and basketball performances would be matching up against Class A or B talent on a weekly basis.
Mike Gesell, South Sioux City–Saving the best for last; how much hotter can a sophomore athlete be? The 6-1 guard already has five D-1A basketball offers: Creighton, Iowa, Iowa State, Nebraska and Northern Iowa. Is he that good?
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The Boys Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament kicks off this weekend on Saturday, December 19th. The tournament is usally a very good barometer as to what team(s) will have the depth and breath to make the annual pilgrimage to the state playoffs in Lincoln. As it stands, Caleb Steffensmeier and Cole Martin have the Creighton Prep Jr. Jays looking like the leaders of the pack and on their way to a repeat–but not by very much. Several other teams like Bell East, Burke, Bryan, Benson and Central could gel their way deep into a state playoff run.
The Metro Tournament has 16 boys basketball teams entered–but let’s get for real! Only half of the teams entered have a legitimate chance to come out on top in this tournament. So Teams like North, Northwest and some other bad to mediocre basketball teams are not considered in this poll. Wait now. That doesn’t mean that one of the “bad” teams can’t pull off an upset or two–but win the whole thing. Nah. Therefore, after whitlling away the pretenders from the contenders–the poll locacted at the top of the left sidebar–reflects the teams that have at least a player’s shot at taking home the Boys Metro Holiday Tournament Trophy.
Click on link below to view the tournament bracket
2009/2010 Boys Metro Holiday Basketball Tournament Bracket