A state, Creighton Prep vs. Norfolk, 3/9

Creighton Prep’s Akol Arop (0) blocks a shot by Norfolk’s Travis Larson (5) in the second half during a Class A boys state tournament first-round game at Pinnacle Bank Arena in March 2017.

The Nebraska men's basketball team officially announced its three-man 2019 recruiting class Thursday, the second day of the early signing period.

Guards Jervay Green and Mika Adams-Woods, and forward Akol Arop, each signed their letters of intent this week.

The additions leave the Huskers with two open scholarships for 2019, giving NU the flexibility to potentially add a midyear transfer or make more additions in the offseason.

Green may turn out to be the steal of the class. The sophomore at Western Nebraska Community College in Scottsbluff is averaging 27 points per game on 52 percent shooting with nearly five rebounds and five assists per game as of Nov. 13. He was beginning to receive interest from Gonzaga and TCU before signing with the Huskers.

Green already has back-to-back games of 30 and 44 points this season. The 6-foot-3, 200-pound guard is a native of Denver, where he holds the single-game scoring record at George Washington High School.

"Jervay is a big, strong guard who can make plays from both guard positions. He is a beast. I am so thankful that he saw his future here because I think he is going to be a difference-maker for us," Nebraska coach Tim Miles said in a news release. "He can guard and is putting up astounding numbers this season. I believe what he can do on junior college level is transferable to our level and the Big Ten."

Arop is the second Nebraska native to sign with the Huskers in as many seasons, joining current freshman Brady Heiman. The 6-5, 190-pound Creighton Prep senior averaged 16 points, 9.7 rebounds and 2.1 blocks per game last season as a frontcourt player for the Junior Jays and had an outstanding summer on the AAU circuit that led to an NU offer. He is listed as a three-star prospect by Rivals and 247Sports.

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"I was so happy when Akol committed. I’ve seen him hit his stride over the last year and get better and better. He is an electric athlete," Miles said. "He is an elite defender and is efficient on the offensive end. You could see his numbers were tremendous over the summer as he continued to develop. I’m pleased that he’s going to be joining us, and his future is really going to be bright."

Adams-Woods is the No. 34-ranked point guard nationally, according to Rivals, and a consensus three-star recruit. The 6-3, 185-pounder averaged 16.1 points, 5.1 rebounds, 4.2 assists and 1.9 steals as a junior last season while playing for the New Hampton School in New Hampshire.

A native of Syracuse, New York, Adams-Woods scored more than 1,200 career points in three seasons at Bishop Ludden High School before enrolling at New Hampton.

"What’s exciting about Mika is he has a great personality. He’s like a Pied Piper, and you love that in a point guard. He has excellent leadership qualities, communicates well and knows the game," Miles said. "He played at a high level both with New Hampton and with City Rocks in the EYBL. Mika defends well, knows where his spots are and understands system defense. We are very fortunate to have a young man like Mika join our program."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7436 or cbasnett@journalstar.com. On Twitter @HuskerExtraCB.


Husker basketball reporter

A Ravenna native, Chris covers the University of Nebraska men's basketball team and assists with football coverage. He spent nearly 10 years covering sports at the Kearney Hub and nearly four years at the Springfield News-Leader in Springfield, Mo.

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