Millard North senior Hunter Sallis, one of the nation’s top college basketball prospects, has trimmed down his list of suitors.
Sallis announced a top 12 full of blue bloods in August, but he’s down to eight now. The remaining contenders were revealed on Twitter Monday afternoon.
Sallis is still considering: Creighton, Gonzaga, Iowa State, Kansas, Kentucky, North Carolina, Oregon and UCLA. Alabama, Auburn, Michigan and Louisville got cut.
Sallis is a five-star recruit — the state’s first in the two-decade history of online recruiting ratings. He’s the No. 7 overall player in the country on 247Sports’ composite ranking for the 2021 class. Rivals has him at No. 6 and ESPN ranks him No. 19.
He’s not expected to make his college decision until the spring.
Until then, his recruitment will remain one of the sport’s national storylines, monitored closely by reporters and fans who follow the biggest brands in college basketball.
Sallis has visited several of his top options, but he has been limited by the NCAA's suspension of in-person recruiting during the pandemic. He's made numerous unofficial visits to nearby schools like Creighton, Iowa State and Kansas. He also took an official visit to Gonzaga during his junior year. Nebraska also received one of his official visits but did not make his top schools.
Recruits are allowed to take five official visits, which include expenses paid by the college.
At Creighton, the Jays have already signed two 2021 guards (Ryan Nembhard and John Christofilis) and received a pledge from a third (TyTy Washington). But the CU coaching staff has been recruiting Sallis for more than two years — so he’ll have an open roster spot reserved for him in case he ultimately decides to stay home.
The 6-foot-5, 180-pound Sallis is set to begin his final season at Millard North next month. He and the Mustangs reached the Class A state final last year.
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