The first iteration of player rankings is always the hardest. For sophomores in high school, the sample size is small and many players are yet to develop physically.
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Clear number No. 1
Millard North's Jasen Green is tabbed as the overall No. 1 player in the first iteration of the 2022 class — frankly it isn't that close. Green is the closest thing to a sure-fire power conference player in the class with his ability to score, rebound and defend at a high level. Nebraska offered last June, and NU likely will be joined by other power conference schools.
The gap closed a bit between Green and No. 2 prospect Isaac Traudt of Grand Island as the season progressed. Traudt's size (6-foot-8), ability to handle the ball and overall skill level are improving rapidly. With recent offers from Drake and Wyoming, he should only see that number grow as his overall game and body develop.
Rest of the top 10
Ashland-Greenwood lefty Cale Jacobsen starts out the class rankings at No. 3 overall. Although he plays in a smaller class, he showed the ability to be productive against some of the best Class A and regional AAU teams last summer.
It was a close call between Jacobsen, No. 4 Chandler Meeks (Omaha Westside) and No. 5 Reggie Thomas (Omaha Westside). All three do something better than the other two and all play with energy and toughness, which stands out when you see them play.
The two Omaha Central players at Nos. 6 and 7 are a little different. PJ Davis gets the nod at No. 6 for now due to his consistency as a shot-maker and ability to be physical defensively. Jay Dawson is one of the more intriguing prospects outside of the top two. He has good length, ability to make shots and appears to still be growing. Once he physically matures, he will be a significant force in the class.
Like Traudt, Creighton Prep's Luke Jungers (No. 8) is intriguing. He has just about every tool you look for in a high-level player. He is tall (6-8), has a soft touch, can shoot the 3 and has room to fill out as he matures. He hasn't physically peaked yet.
Kearney Catholic's Brett Mahony put up some good numbers (16.2 points, 7.1 rebounds) for a sophomore. He is a bit more physically mature that many in the class which certainly helps. For now he starts at No. 9.
Rounding out the top 10 is Papillion-La Vista's Kyle Ingwerson. The physical growth is evident in Ingwerson over the past year. He is a versatile wing at 6-5, 200-pounds with good length. He likely will have a decision to make on whether to play college basketball or football as his high school career moves on.
Division I basketball and football recruits in Nebraska for the 2021 class
Football: Avante Dickerson, Omaha Westside
Football: Keagan Johnson, Bellevue West
Football: Teddy Prochazka, Elkhorn South
Football: Heinrich Haarberg, Kearney Catholic
Football: Koby Bretz, Omaha Westside
Football: AJ Rollins, Omaha Creighton Prep
Football: James Carnie, Norris
Football: Nolan Gorczyca, Omaha Roncalli
Football: Cade Haberman, Omaha Westside
Football: TJ Urban, Millard South
Football: Gannon Gragert, Elkhorn
Football: Makhi Nelson-Douglas, Elkhorn South
Football: Cole Payton, Omaha Westside
Football: Hunter Push, Omaha North
Football: James Conway, Millard West
Football: Mike Leatherdale, Wayne
Football: Tommy McEvoy, Clarkson-Leigh
Football: Sam Scott, Omaha North
Football: Isaac Zatechka, Elkhorn South
Boys Basketball: Chucky Hepburn, Bellevue West
Boys Basketball: Hunter Sallis, Millard North
Boys Basketball: Frankie Fidler, Bellevue West
Boys basketball: Jadin Johnson, Millard North
Boys basketball: Saint Thomas, Millard North
Girls Basketball: Allison Weidner, Humphrey St. Francis
Girls Basketball: Aanaya Harris, Omaha Burke
Girls Basketball: Grace Cave, Weeping Water
Girls Basketball: Alexis Markowski, Lincoln Pius X
Girls Basketball: Kaysia Woods, Lincoln High
Girls Basketball: Nyanuar Pal, Omaha Central
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