A pair of Nebraska coaches got good news on Saturday as Maggie Mendelson, a highly-touted dual-sport athlete from North Ogden, Utah, announced her commitment to Nebraska on Instagram.
The 6-foot-5 Mendelson will play basketball for Amy Williams and volleyball for John Cook at Nebraska. She chose Nebraska over Texas, Washington and Minnesota.
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Mendelson was the second-ranked recruit and the top-ranked middle blocker in the 2023 class according to PrepVolleyball.com before reclassifying to 2022. She averaged 4.8 kills per set on .294 hitting at Fremont High School in Plain City, Utah, this season and totaled 1,193 kills on .325 hitting in her three-year varsity career.
Mendelson had nine matches with 20-plus kills this season including a high of 31 in the state playoffs.
On the basketball court, ESPN has Mendelson ranked 32nd overall in the class of 2022 as a 4-star prospect. She’s listed as the sixth-ranked post player in the class. Last season, she averaged 14.3 points, 8.9 rebounds (3.7 offensive), 1.9 blocks, 1.6 assists and 1.5 steals while shooting 58% from the field (including 4-of-12 from 3) and 65% from the free-throw line as Fremont went 26-0 en route to a state championship before losing in the first round of the GEICO Nationals.
Mendelson recorded 10 double-doubles as a sophomore including a season-high 23 points (on 10-of-13 shooting) and 12 rebounds.
Mendelson has represented the United States in both sports. She played for the U.S. in the FIBA U16 Americas Championship in Leon, Mexico, in August, averaging 10 points and 6.7 rebounds as the United States won gold. She also played for USA Volleyball in the FIVB U18 World Championship in September, capturing bronze alongside four other future Huskers.
Mendelson joins West Des Moines (Iowa) Valley outside hitter Hayden Kubik, Waverly (Neb.) middle blocker Bekka Allick and Norris (Neb.) setter/defensive specialist Maisie Boesiger in Cook’s 2022 recruiting class. She joins Chanhassen (Minn.) guard Callin Hake in Williams’ 2022 class.
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.