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Millard North vs. Lincoln Southwest, 11.29

Lincoln Southwest’s TaeVyn Grixby (12) drives to the basket against Millard North’s Max Murrell (41) during the second half on Nov. 29 at Lincoln Southwest High School. 

Max Murrell is an Academic All-Stater with a better than 4.0 grade-point average, and Stanford is considered one of the best academic schools in the country.

So it came as no surprise that the 6-foot-8 Millard North senior committed to play his college basketball at the Pac-12 school after Stanford made a home visit on Monday night.

Murrell chose the Cardinal over offers from both Nebraska and Creighton as well as TCU, Minnesota, Kansas State, Iowa and Northwestern. He burst onto the recruiting scene with a strong spring and summer on the AAU circuit with Team Factory and as well as the Midwest Showcase high school camp in Kansas City, Kansas, in June.

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Murrell averaged 11.2 points and 6.2 rebounds per game a year ago for the Mustangs. Rivals lists Murrell as a four-star recruit and No. 98 nationally in the class of 2020.

Two of his high school teammates — 6-4 junior guard Hunter Sallis and 6-6 sophomore forward Jasen Green — have scholarship offers from Nebraska.

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Reach the writer at 402-473-7437 or rpowell@journalstar.com. On Twitter @ronpowell_ljs.

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Ron Powell is a longtime prep writer for the Journal Star. He covers high school football, boys basketball and track as well as state college football and Husker and professional tennis.

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