South Sioux City’s Austin Groth leads the way into a major realignment of MHN’s Top 25 Nebraska H.S. Basketball Prospects rankings. Averaging 23.5 points per game and getting serious looks from D-1 programs, the 6-0 Cardinal sharpshooter jumped from the ranks of the mentioned to No.4. The other two new entries into the Top Ten are 6-foot-6 UNO recruit Ethan Brozek (No.6) from Norfolk Catholic and Grand Island Central Catholic’s Turner Fahey (N0.9).
The Not So Good
South Sioux City seven-footer Jose Bonilla not only tumbled out of the Top Ten—he is completely out of the Top25. The senior has failed to draw meaningful interest from college recruiters, and complicating matters is a knee injury that has kept him at bay for most of the season. Despite Bonilla’s absence the Class B team is currently ranked No.1 in the state—that means better than any Class A team. But we will see about that this week at the Omaha Bryan Cage Classic when the South Sioux boys take on some Class A thunder. Also falling out of the Ten to No. 11 is Zach Sterup. Oh well, the big guy will soon be suiting up for the Husker football so I’m sure basketball is the least of his worries,
The Rest of the New Top 25 Prospects
Other prospects that have played their way into the Top 25: Connor Niehaus, 6-7, C, SR, (No. 16) Fremont; DK Augustine, 6-4, F, SR, Omaha Bryan Gayland Drake, 6-0, G, SR, Omaha Roncolli (No. 21) Steven Ferrarini, 6-2, G, SR, Omaha Westside and John Harris, 6-2, G, JR, Lincoln High (No.25).
There are a bunch of players that could have just as easily made the Top 25 or who were in the Top 25 but fell out. Those players are listed below under Players to Watch. No doubt that some of the players listed in that group will make the final End-of-Season Top 25 which will be posted shortly after state playoffs.
|1. Mike Gesell, 6-0, G, JR, South Sioux City|
|2. Akoy Agau, 6-7, F, SO, Omaha Central|
|3. Derrius Vick, 6-1, G, SR, Lincoln SE|
|4. Austin Groth 6-1 G, JR, South Sioux City|
|5. Tyler Shields, 6-4, G, SR, Kearney|
|6. Ethan Brozek, 6-6, F, SR, Norfolk Catholic|
|7. C.J. Carter, 6-0, G, SR, Omaha Benson|
|8. Jalen Bradley, 6-0, G, JR, Norfolk|
|9. Turner Fahey, 6-0, G, SR, Grand Island CC|
|10. Galen Gullie, 5-9, G, SR, Omaha Bryan|
|11. Zach Sterup, 6-10, C, SR, Hastings St. Cecilia|
|12. Kyler Erickson, 5-10, G, SR, Millard South|
|13. Trey Moore, 5-10, G, JR, North Platte|
|14. Dean Tiwald, 6-4, G, SR, Elkhorn Mt Michael B.|
|15. Ben Uhing, 6-6, F, SR, Norfolk Catholic|
|16. Connor Niehaus, 6-7, C, SR, Fremont|
|17. Jalen Hueser, 6-3, G, SR, Papillion-LV South|
|18. Avery Langford, 6-1, G, SR, Omaha Benson|
|19. DK Augustine, 6-4, F, SR, Omaha Bryan|
|20. Connor Bernek, 6-3, G, JR, Ravenna|
|21. Gayland Drake, 6-0, G, SR, Omaha Roncolli|
|22. Cole Spurgeon, 6-3, G, SR Gretna|
|23. Duol Mayot, 6-4, F, SR, Omaha South|
|24. Steven Ferrarini, 6-2, G, SR, Omaha Westside|
|25. John Harris, 6-2, G, JR, Lincoln High|
|Players to Watch: Grant Harms 6-9, C, SR, Crete; Darian Barrientos-Jackson, 6-2, G, JR, Omaha Central; Jose Bonilla, 7-0, C, SR, South Sioux City; Nick Billingsley, 6-4, F, SO, Omaha North; Grant Kay, 6-1, G, SR, Ralston; Deondre White, 6-1, G, JR, Lincoln High; Jacob Olmstead, 6-2, G, JR, Overton; Tyson Broekemeier, 6-1, G, Aurora; Connor Lusso 6-5, F, SO, Millard West; Regan Fowler, 6-2, F, Millard South; Brett Dougherty, 6-6, C/F, SO, Papillion-LV; Kendall Ferguson, 6-5, F, SR, Kimball ; Jordan Schroer, 6-2, G, JR, Lincoln Northeast; Chase Sorrick, G, SR, Fremont; Brady Barret 6-0, G, JR, Adams Central; Travis Schueler 6-1, G, SR, Grand Island; Kendall Ferguson, 6-5, F, SR, Kimball. Dylan Heath, 6-6, F, SR, Lincoln Southwest. |
Mentioned:D.J. Bamesberger, 6-4, F, SR, Hampton; Nate Skold, 6-8, C, Omaha Westside; Dominique McKenzie, 6-3, F, SR, Omaha Central; Eddie Vinson, 6-3, F, SR, Omaha Central; ; Trevor Bryant, 6-4, G, JR, Tekamah-Herman; Jordan Newman, 6-5, C, SR,Lincoln East; Alec Smith, 6-7, C, SR, Millard West; Quentin Urban, 5-11, G, SR, Millard South; Adonis Hill, 5-11, G, SR, Omaha Burke; Brandon Krause, 6-0, G, SR, Lincoln North Star; Cody Charlton, 6-3, F, Lincoln Southeast; Garth Walbridge, G, SR, Arapahoe; Luke Miller, 6-0, G, SR Cody-Kilgore; Dylan Travis , 6-2 G, Omaha Gross; Tiras Bolton, 5-11, G, SR Omaha Westside; Fremont; Jordan Flynn 6-0, G, Blair; Raquim Brown 6-8, C, JR, Omaha Benson; Trey Closter, 6-4, F, SR, South Sioux City; Zach Clemens, 6-4, F, JR Scottsbluff.