June 15 is a big day on the men’s basketball recruiting calendar. It marks the first day college coaches can initiate contact with players heading into their junior year of high school, and there are at least two members of the 2022 class in Nebraska who are receiving plenty of attention from high-major schools—Jasen Green and Isaac Traudt.
Green is a 6-foot-7 forward who played a big role for the Class A state runner-up Millard North Mustangs as a sophomore. He averaged 11.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.3 blocks and 1.1 assists while shooting 58% from the field, 30% from 3 and 65% from the free-throw line. Green was a significant contributor as a freshman as well, putting up 7.1 points and 4.8 boards per game.
Green has the size and length to hold his own against power forwards as well as the comfort handling and shooting the ball to fit into a position-less style of basketball on offense. His perimeter jumper is still a work in progress, but he went from 10 made 3s as a freshman to 17 as a sophomore. He can put the ball on the deck to attack the basket and he’s a strong finisher around the rim.
Recently, the folks over at Rivals updated their 2022 player rankings and Green made his debut at No. 116. Nebraska was ahead of the curve with Green, offering him last summer after watching him during the Midwest Basketball Showcase in June.
Within the last week, Green received offers from Kansas State and TCU as his recruitment is just starting to take off. As Mike Sautter of the Omaha World-Herald first reported, Nebraska will host Green on a virtual visit on Monday.
With his diverse skill set and potential for further growth, it’s not hard to see why the Huskers are interested considering the emphasis Fred Hoiberg places on skilled front-court players.
That applies to the other Nebraska native in the 2022 class as well. Grand Island’s Isaac Traudt has grown quite a bit over the last couple of years and now stands at 6-foot-8, though the Islanders still ask him to handle the ball and initiate offense regularly.
Unlike Green, Traudt wasn’t an instant starter as a freshman. In 21 appearances, he totaled just 33 points on 41 shots, averaging 1.6 points. However, Traudt had a terrific AAU season last year playing with Lincoln Supreme and then grew a few more inches from the end of the summer to the start of the season. In 2019-20, Traudt led all Class A sophomores in scoring at 16.7 points per game on 43% from the field, 36% from 3 and 77% from the foul line. He also grabbed 6.2 rebounds per game and dished out 1.8 assists per contest.
Adding strength to his frame will be important for Traudt once he reaches the next level, and he’s still learning the difference between a good and a bad shot. However, he’s got the kind of shooting touch and the ability to hit shots both off the catch and off the dribble that is rare for a player of his height. He checked in just a couple spots behind Green at No. 118 in the updated Rivals150 for 2022.
Traudt received his first Division I offer from Drake in April, and offers from Wyoming, Northern Colorado, Omaha and Idaho followed. Then, at the end of the month, Kansas State gave him his first high-major offer. On Monday, Traudt received offers from both Nebraska and Creighton.
With his length and shot-making ability, Traudt would fit right in to a Hoiberg offensive system.
Green and Traudt are the only two juniors-to-be in the state with high-major offers, but there are a few more that have or likely will receiver significant Division I interest.
One of them is Traudt’s Lincoln Supreme teammate, Cale Jacobsen. The 6-foot-3 combo-guard was a stat-sheet stuffer for Ashland-Greenwood this past season and put up big numbers as a freshman as well. He’s already taken an unofficial visit to Omaha.
Chandler Meeks, a 2022 point guard from Omaha Westside, has also checked out the Omaha campus unofficially. Meeks is one of the best defensive guards in the state and he made major strides offensively as a sophomore, particularly with his jump shot.
The fifth player to keep an eye on is Luke Jungers, a 6-foot-8 stretch-big from Omaha Creighton Prep. Jungers has the ability to knock down catch-and-shoot looks from the perimeter as well as finish in the post with a reliable jump hook.
Monday will be a busy day for players and coaches alike; hopefully they all keep their phone chargers nearby.
Jacob is in his third year with Hail Varsity covering Husker athletics. He has also written extensively for SB Nation’s Bright Side of the Sun and The Creightonian. His love of basketball can best be described as an obsession and if you need to find him, he’s probably in a gym somewhere watching, coaching or playing hoops.