Former Nebraska guard Akol Arop is headed back to Omaha. He announced Thursday that he’s transferring to UNO.
Arop thanked his support system on Twitter before writing that he’s “proud to announce” his commitment to the Mavs. The UNO program officially announced his addition a few minutes later.
Arop was a high school standout at Omaha Creighton Prep, where he averaged 19.4 points, 10.9 rebounds and 2.6 blocks per game as a senior. He was a 2019 All-Nebraska honoree and the state’s 2019 Gatorade player of the year.
The 6-foot-5 Arop then signed with the Huskers. He appeared in 21 games as a freshman and played at least 20 minutes in the last three games of the season. But he underwent knee surgery ahead of NU’s 2020-21 season and did not play.
Now he’s headed to UNO.
“We’re excited about the signing of Omaha product Akol Arop after his outstanding high school career at Creighton Prep and two years at Nebraska,” UNO coach Derrin Hansen said in a statement. “Akol will bring us length, athleticism and the ability to score in the open floor as we place an increased emphasis on scoring in transition. He is a versatile wing/forward, and that will allow him to play multiple positions, which gives us the flexibility on how we want to play.”
Arop will be eligible to play immediately after the NCAA adopted new rules for first-time transfers this spring.
The Mavs have two newcomers from the metro area joining the roster for next season. Omaha Central grad Isaiah Poor Bear-Chandler transferred from Wichita State, and Frankie Fidler signed with the Mavs out of Bellevue West. Guard Felix Lemetti, out of Salt Lake Community College, also has transferred in.