Hunter Sallis has two reasons to celebrate Friday.
The second-team prep All-American from Millard North turns 18 — and is announcing his college decision.
On his list of eight finalists are, alphabetically, Creighton, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon and UCLA.
His ceremony is set for approximately 9 a.m. at Millard North.
The 6-foot-5 perimeter player, a consensus five-star recruit, is the No. 6 player in the senior class according to the 247Sports composite rankings and the third-highest ranked player uncommitted.
Another honor came his way Thursday night when he was chosen for the USA Junior National Select Team for the 2021 Nike Hoop Summit.
He is the most-recruited Nebraska high school boys basketball player, with only Mike McGee from Omaha North in 1977 rivaling him. McGee went on to set records at Michigan and had a long NBA career.
Sallis is the son of former Omaha Central and San Diego State standout Jessica Haynes. He’s third on the Class A career scoring chart with 1,819 points. He scored 644 as a junior and again this season.
Millard North won its first state championship on March 13, beating nemesis Bellevue West 84-78 in overtime in what is considered one of the best boys games in state history. West players Chucky Hepburn and Frankie Fidler said Monday they plan to attend Sallis’ in-person announcement.
Hepburn and Sallis were teammates as eighth graders at Buffett Middle School in northwest Omaha.
Sallis made the All-Nebraska first team in 2020. This season, he was named a McDonald’s All-American — the pandemic wiped out the nationally televised game for the second straight year. Sallis is the third player from Nebraska with that honor following Omaha Creighton Prep grad Kerry Trotter in 1982 and Shelby-Rising City grad Chatrice White in 2014.
More recently, he was named to the Naismith All-America second team. That honor is unsurpassed in Nebraska prep basketball annals. He also is in consideration for the Sports Illustrated prep All-America team.